USDA NOP Legislation

USDA NOP Legislation

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules and regulations for the production, processing, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. NOP consists of 4 factors. These:

USDA Organic Regulation 7 CFR Part 205

USDA Organic Regulation 7 CFR Part 205: includes all USDA organic standards, including prohibited practices, requirements, and the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.

Program Handbook

This compilation of guidance documents, policy memos, and instructions is intended to clarify policies and assist those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with complying with NOP regulations

Organic Foods Production Act of 1990

The Act that established the NOP and its authority to enforce agricultural products sold, labeled, or represented as “organic” within the U.S.


If you are interested in the history of the NOP standards, you may want to review the preamble to the final rule, which established the National Organic Program.

For direct access to NOP’s organic plant product, organic livestock and organic processing standard, please refer to the link:

To reach the basic principles of organic certification according to NOP, please refer to the link:

For current USDA-NOP organic trade information, please refer to the link



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