Organic Product Certifications

The Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 created national standards for organically produced agricultural products to assure consumers that agricultural products marketed as organic meet consistent, uniform standards to prevent fraudulent claims. The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) was created to develop and implement organic product standards throughout the United States. This includes strict guidelines for organic operations that prohibit the use of certain substances during production, such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetically modified organisms.

Products used in organic crop production, such as
fertilizers and pesticides, must also meet specific requirements under OFPA. In the United States, there are two agencies that certify these product types: the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). In California, organic fertilizers must be certified through the Organic Input Material (OIM) Program.

TSG’s consultants provide a wide range of services for organic fertilizers, pesticides, and plant and soil amendments, from assisting with organic product compliance to assembling and submitting applications for listing under OMRI, WSDA and California’s OIM. TSG also provides product maintenance and renewal management services, including guidance and support during OMRI’s ongoing compliance audits and the NOP’s five-year substance “sunset review.” Additionally, TSG’s consultants assist with the development and submission of petitions to NOP to add or change the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which identifies substances that may and may not be used in organic production and processing.

TSG’s organic listing services include:

▲ Evaluating products for organic eligibility
▲ Developing organic product applications
Assisting with product labeling and compliance
▲ Acting as a liaison with organic agencies
▲ OMRI – dual submissions in United States and Canada.

TSG’s organic maintenance services include:

▲ Ongoing product compliance guidance
▲ Managing annual renewals.