The Standard

2016 public comment period

The Non-GMO Project held round 1 of its public comment period for more than 60 days, from April 25 to June 24. Thank you for your input! Check back here later this year for round 2 of the public comment period.


About the Standard

The Non-GMO Project Standard is a consensus-based document. It has been crafted with the insight and expertise of stakeholders reflecting a diverse range of perspectives. Beginning with a 60-day public comment period in October and November of 2007, ongoing public comment periods have been established as an important mechanism for keeping the standard rigorous, current and collaborative. The most recent public comment period ended June 24, 2016.

Version 13 of the Non-GMO Project Standard was ratified on February 2, 2016

Click here to download a current copy of the Non-GMO Project Standard (v13) [PDF]

Changes made to Standard v12 can be found included in Standard v13 at the end of the document. There is a hyperlink for the ‘Summary of changes to Standard Version 12’ in the Table of Contents.

Terms of Reference

The Non-GMO Project’s Terms of Reference outlines the operating structure of our organization, the relationship we have with technical administrators, and the process for revisions to the Standard.

Download the Terms of Reference (PDF)


Key principles
  • The goal of the Standard is to assist farmers, processors and manufacturers in avoiding GMO contamination by providing consistency of definitions and methodology for investigating source materials, testing high-risk ingredients, and building identity preservation practices into the supply chain.
  • The Standard seeks to balance meaningful change in the supply chain with achievable results for industry.
  • High-risk crops and ingredients derived from those crops are identified in the Standard, as well as a list of monitored GMOs that have not yet reached the marketplace.
  • Analytical testing of high-risk raw material is done at critical points in the supply chain to verify that GMO contamination is below the applicable action threshold:
    • Seed and other propagation materials: 0.25%
    • Human food and products ingested or used directly on skin: 0.9%
    • Cleaning products, textiles, and products not ingested or used directly on skin: 1.5%
    • Animal feed and supplements: 5%
  • Incidents where the action threshold is exceeded unknowingly or unintentionally will result in corrective actions to identify the cause of contamination and eliminate it. Failure to resolve corrective actions may lead to loss of verification.
  • The Standard requires continuous improvements until the long-term action thresholds and overarching goals of the Project are achieved on a consistent basis.

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