__OMRI Brand Name Product List, Technical Reviews Now Available Online at
EUGENE, ORE--Organic growers, processors, handlers and certifiers can now
access the Organic Materials Review Institute’s “Brand Name Product List”
online at www.omri.org. OMRI has also posted 16 Technical Advisory Panel
(TAP) reviews that were conducted for the U.S. National Organic Standards
Board (NOSB). As the NOSB votes on the reviewed materials are available,
results will be posted to the omri.org site.
“This posting of the list to omri.org makes one of our most valuable tools
easy to access and update,” says Bill Wolf, president of the OMRI board of
directors. “As organic agriculture and demand for certified organic product
continues to grow, we want to make OMRI’s services available through every
possible avenue and appropriate technology.”
The “OMRI Brand Name Products List” represents OMRI’s recommendations and
opinions regarding the acceptability or unacceptability of products used in
organic production, processing and handling. Manufacturers apply to have
their brand name products reviewed by OMRI’s technical staff, after which a
review panel of leading experts from the organic industry votes on a product
’s status. OMRI’s standards were developed after reviewing various
governmental and certification standards; however, OMRI’s recommendations
and opinions regarding use of any listed product do not necessarily coincide
with applicable governmental or organizational standards.
Also available at omri.org are 16 Technical Advisory Panel reviews that OMRI
conducted for the NOSB. OMRI gathered technical background information,
created databases for each material, and secured three or more TAP reviewers
for each material. The reviewers, whose identities were kept confidential by
agreement with the National Organic Program, represented a geographical
cross-section with professional expertise pertinent to the review process.
Reviewers evaluated and analyzed materials against criteria approved by the
NOSB and conclusions and recommendations were sent to the National Organic
Program. For more information on the Technical Advisory Panel process,
please visit www.omri.org.
The Organic Materials Review Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
that provides professional, independent, and transparent review of materials
and compatible processes allowed to produce, process, and handle organic
food and fiber.
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