Organic Materials Compliance

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By Ann Baier and Lance Gegner

Published: 2008

Updated: 2008



8 pages


The USDA's National Organic Program regulates the use of substances and materials for farming, handling, and processing. This publication discusses three basic steps to ensure that materials use is compliant with organic standards and certification. First, understand the regulations relevant to your operation. Next, create an Organic System Plan with your certifier. Finally, keep records of your purchase and use of all materials. Following these steps will help ensure compliant use of materials, and avoid any use of a prohibited material or incorrect use of a restricted material—which could necessitate an additional three-year transition process.

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Three Steps to Ensure Organic-Compliant Use of Materials for Organic Production and Handling
Step One:
Become familiar with National Organic Program regulations about materials for your type of operation.
Step Two:
List every material you use or plan to use in the Organic System Plan with supporting documentation as required, and obtain approval from your organic certifier of this Plan before you use any material.
Step Three:
Document every input material purchase and use, and keep those records for a minimum of five years.

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