Why is OMRI not USDA accredited as an organic certifier?
Agricultural products that are outputs of organic farms or processors (such as foods, fibers and feeds) can be USDA “certified organic.” Most input products (such as fertilizers, pesticides, additives, etc.) are ineligible for organic certification. However, inputs must be approved prior to use on a certified organic operation. OMRI reviews input products to verify that they meet the organic standards for use on organic farms or in organic processing. OMRI is recognized by the USDA National Organic Program as a reputable third party input reviewer in Interim Instruction 3012 of the NOP Handbook. In addition, OMRI is accredited under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17065 by the USDA Quality Assessment Division. On an annual basis, USDA auditors confirm that OMRI adheres to the policies and standards set forth in the OMRI Policy Manual© and OMRI Standards Manual©, and by the U.S. organic standards.