Product Verification Resources
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Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program Documents
Program Rules and Procedures
The Project is releasing the Program Rules and Procedures to increase transparency into the PVP for all stakeholders. This overarching document outlines the PVP’s rules and requirements, including procedures specific to different phases of the Participant’s life cycle in the program. Version 1.1 of the Rules and Procedures was released on March 31st, 2023.
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Understanding Biotechnology: New GMOs
GMOs are being created with new genetic engineering techniques, some of which do not involve transgenic technologies. The Non-GMO Project is committed to preventing these new GMOs from entering the non-GMO supply chain. Learn more about these new GMOs in this guide.
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Where New GMOs are Showing Up in Plant-Based
Are you trying to eat plant-based food and avoid GMOs? Recently a new wave of plant-based products made with synthetic biology are showing up online and on grocery store shelves, frequently containing allergens and lacking labels that identify them as being made using genetic engineering. If these lab-grown foods are marketed as “nature identical,” are they really vegan? Are they good for us? And why aren’t they labeled as GMOs? Download the infographic for a list of food categories to watch out for which may contain new GMO ingredients.
About Product Verification
Technical Administrators and the Non-GMO Project
Technical Administrators and the Non-GMO Project are separate companies that work together to help Participants on their journey to product verification. Use this reference to understand whom to reach out to with questions and what tasks can be accomplished with each member of the team.
Named in Text on the Principal Display Panel
The way a product label is designed can sometimes impact the verification process. Learn more about the newly-clarified “named in text on the principal display panel” rule to ensure your product labels do not impact your ability to achieve Non-GMO Project verification.
NBFDS: What Participants Need to Know
The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) is a federal rule that was published by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in 2018. It requires some food manufacturers to place a “bioengineered food disclosure” on some food products that are made with genetically modified ingredients. This guide is meant to help Non-GMO Project Participants understand how the Non-GMO Project Standard interacts with the NBFDS.
High-Risk Inputs: Examples
High risk is a designation given to certain crops and organisms, and their derivatives, that triggers a deeper evaluation under the Product Verification Program. Because of the abundance of GMO acreage, high-risk inputs are likely to be derived from GMOs unless intentionally sourced Non-GMO. Participants using high-risk inputs must take extra care to validate that Non-GMO versions are being sourced for their products. This guide clarifies the meaning of high-risk crops and organisms, and provides illustrative examples.
High-Risk Inputs: Non-Testable Affidavits
The Non-GMO Project requires GMO testing to demonstrate the non-GMO status of high-risk inputs in many cases. However, affidavits attesting to the non-GMO status of an input are used in place of testing in certain situations where testing is not possible or not reasonable. Read this guide to learn when affidavits are necessary and who needs to sign them.
Country of Origin Downgrades: FAQs
Discover affidavit compliance based on country of origin. Some high-risk inputs are eligible for a compliance pathway that eliminates or reduces the need for testing based on country of origin. Learn more about country of origin-based pathways before you apply through your Technical Administrator.
Beer, Wine, and Liquor: FAQs
Beer, wine, and liquor products are welcome in the Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program. Verifying these products is no more complicated than verifying products in any other category. Use these frequently asked questions as a companion to the Non-GMO Project Verification Guide to learn more about verifying your alcohol products.