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Spring 2016 Meeting

Read OTA's Spring 2016 NOSB Report.

The Spring 2016  National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) took place April 25-27 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for organic stakeholders to give input on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow NOSB to receive updates from USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) on issues pertaining to organic agriculture. The meeting will be open to the public.

OTA Summary of NOSB Proposals & Discussion Docs Organic Trade Association's Spring 2016 NOSB Report


In addition to providing oral comment during the scheduled webinar and at the in-person meeting, OTA submitted written comment to NOSB. As always, OTA members participated in OTA’s comment preparation. 

Materials Subcommittee
Excluded Methods Terminology (Proposal)
Seed Purity Next Steps (Discussion)

Livestock Subcommittee
Hypochlorous Acid – Petition to Add (Proposal)
Lidocaine & Procaine - Annotation Change (Proposal) 
Parasiticides (Proposal)

Policy Development Subcommittee
Sunset Review Work Load Reorganization (Discussion)

Crops Subcommittee
Sunset 2018
Hypochlorous Acid – Petition to Add (Proposal)
EPA List 4 - Annotation Change (Proposal)
Squid and Squid Byproducts – Petition to Add (Proposal)

Handling Subcommittee
Sunset 2018
Sodium and Potassium Lactate – Petition to Add (Proposal)
Hypochlorous Acid Petition – Petition to Add (Proposal)
Ancillary Substances Procedure (Proposal)
Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals Annotation Change (Discussion)

Please e-mail either Gwendolyn Wyard or Nathaniel Lewis and let us know what you think.


NOSB will be discussing the 2018 Sunset inputs at the spring meeting (April 2016) and voting at the fall meeting (November 2016). Feedback on the necessity of these inputs is critical for inclusion in the upcoming spring discussion and subsequent vote in the fall. It's not too late to share feedback with OTA. We will include it in our Fall 2016 comments.


Learn more:

National Organic Standards Board               National List             Sunset Review Process              

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