NOP Seeks Comment on Time Spent Complying with USDA Organic Regulations

July 10th, 2013

500px-USDA_organic_seal_svg - wikicommonsEvery three years, the National Organic Program (NOP) must estimate the amount of time organic stakeholders spend developing and maintaining required documentation. The NOP is requesting public comments to better estimate the time required to meet these requirements.

Your feedback will help the NOP better estimate how much time organic stakeholders spend on recordkeeping and related tasks.  Examples of helpful feedback categories include:

Organic Farmers + Processors

How long does it take you to:

  • Update your organic system plan each year?
  • Demonstrate your compliance with the pasture rule? (ruminant livestock producers only)
  • Demonstrate that an ingredient isn’t commercially available in organic form? (processors only) 

Organic Certifying Agents 

How long does it take you to: 

  • Review a farm or business’ application for certification?
  • Prepare and submit your annual report to the NOP? 

Organic Inspectors

How long does it take you to:

  • Prepare and submit your report to a certifying agent following an on-site inspection? 

National List Petitioners

How long does it take you to:

  • File a petition to change the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances?

Submit Public Comments
Deadline: August 27, 2013

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