In the spring 2011 issue of Certified Organic we discussed new instructions from the NOP regarding the release of noncompliance information and details on adverse actions. After ongoing review at the federal level, the NOP has revised their instructions to certifiers. CCOF disclosure information remains unchanged, even under the new instructions (see CCOF Manual One). We will not disclose the presence of, or content of noncompliances or adverse actions under this revised instruction document. In addition to information identified in CCOF Manual One as public, we are also required to make the following items available to any member of the public:
Interested parties can review the revised instructions and other NOP Program Handbook items at www.ams.usda.gov/nop.