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Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a national nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing.

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The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a national nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing.

OMRI Listed—or approved—products may be used on operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program. OMRI's funding comes from a variety of sources, including sales of publications, grants, donations, and subscriptions. Mainly, however, the organization generates income through fees collected for the review of products intended for use in organic production or processing. Also, OMRI operates an organic seed information service to help growers find organic seeds.

Welcome Organic Certifiers

OMRI was founded by organic certifiers and continues to serve certifiers and their clients with crucial information to ensure organic integrity. Organic certifiers are eligible to subscribe to OMRI and receive special services.

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Within days of your product becoming OMRI Listed, thousands of potential clients and scores of certifiers will learn of your acceptance through our website. And organic professionals frequently reference the OMRI Products List in their work advising growers. Likewise, ecologically-minded home gardeners will see your product alongside other OMRI Listed products in the rapidly expanding organic gardening sections of major retailers.

OMRI publishes two lists in print and online. Basic searches are available below. 

 

The OMRI Products List is the most complete directory of products for organic production or processing. The List includes over 1700 products, which are known as "OMRI Listed®."

 

The OMRI Generic Materials List is an authoritative catalog of over 900 materials and their statuses in organic production, processing, and handling.

 

 

 

A professional staff of 17 run the organization's various programs and administration out of the Eugene, Oregon office. The OMRI staff is governed by a Board of Directors, which is broadly representative of the organic industry. Board members represents certifiers, farmers, input suppliers, processors, handlers, consumer organizations, and animal welfare and environmental groups. The OMRI Advisory Council is composed of independent, professional experts from industry, academia, and public interest groups in the organic community. The Advisory Council makes policies and standards recommendations to the Board of Directors. There are three OMRI Review Panels: Crops, Livestock, and Processing and Handling. They make decisions on product applications for the OMRI Review Program.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 5/17/2010
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