Materials Allowed In Organic Production

Materials Allowed In Organic Production

PCO’s Materials Resource Team is at your service to provide reliable, timely, and consistent organic materials guidance to ensure that your inputs are in compliance. Part of the service you receive as a PCO member is the review of your material inputs.

All materials used in your organic operation must be documented in your Organic System Plan and approved for use by PCO before you start using them. If you use a product that has not yet been reviewed, we will ask you to discontinue using it until the review has been completed. You may be subject to a notice of non-compliance or suspension of your certification if the product is determined to be prohibited and you have already used it. You may also receive a notice of non-compliance for failure to notify PCO before using materials that have not yet been reviewed.

How to find Allowed Materials:

PCO publishes an Annual Approved Materials List, which is provided to PCO members every year, both electronically and in print.  To make sure your list is current, PCO also sends out an Add/Drop List once a year.

Our list of Approved Materials currently contains more than 3600 approved brand name products, as well as applicable restrictions and contact information for suppliers. PCO does not provide any guarantee or endorsement for materials included on these Brand Name Lists.

PCO also allows materials that have been reviewed and are approved for organic use by:

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) – OMRI product list: click here.

Washington State Dept. of Ag. (WSDA)  – WSDA product list: click here.

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) – WSDA product list: click here.

Request a Material Review

Would you like to use a material not already listed on these approved lists?

PCO members can submit a material for review by clicking here.

Additional Materials Resources:

606 Organic – This website was created to assist Processors in the search for organic sources of the non-organically produced ingredients allowed in the National Organic Program section § 205.606.

National List– The NOP itself does not review brand name materials, but the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances lists substances which are exceptions to the general rule that non-synthetics are generally allowed and synthetics are generally prohibited. Particular sections of the National List that you should be aware of include:

  • §205.601 Synthetic Substances allowed in organic CROP production
  • §205.602 Non-synthetic substances prohibited for use in organic CROP production
  • §205.603 Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic LIVESTOCK production
  • §205.604 Non-synthetic substances prohibited for use in organic LIVESTOCK production
  • §205.605 Non-agricultural (non-organic) substances allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as “organic” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))”
  • §205.606 Non-organically produced agricultural products allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as “organic”

More questions?

The Materials Resource Team will gladly help you:

Jen Berkebile

Materials Program Manager

Sabine Carey

Materials Specialist

April Kocis

Materials Specialist