Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Final Rule Preamble

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This document outlines the 2023 amendment to the USDA National Organic Program regulations known as Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE). Review this document for additional background on how to interpret the regulations.

Topics include: applicability of the regulations and exemptions from organic certification; National Organic Program Import Certificates; recordkeeping and product traceability; certifying agent personnel qualifications and training; standardized certificates of organic operation; unannounced on-site inspections of certified operations; oversight of certification activities; foreign conformity assessment systems; certification of producer group operations; labeling of nonretail containers; annual update requirements for certified operations; compliance and appeals processes; and calculating organic content of multi-ingredient products.

Also check out our SOE page for more information.