The Non-GMO Project Standard

2018 Standard Revision

Public Comment Period Two is Now Open! 

Open from Augst 20, 2018 through October 18, 2018.

The intention of the second round of comment is to alert stakeholders to potential changes to the Standard, allowing an opportunity for further input that informs the Standards Committee’s and Board’s final decision. A new version of the Standard is generally ratified following the second comment period. However, for the 2018 revision, we have determined that, as allowed for by the Project’s Terms of Reference, we will hold a third round of comment prior to ratification.

If you would like to submit comments on proposed changes to the Standard, please first review the v14.2 Standard Redline, then visit the links below. Please note that two views of the v14.2 Standard Redline have been merged into a single PDF. The first view is bookmarked as “Revisions in Balloons” and contains all language additions within the body of the text, and deletions and comments in balloons. The second view is bookmarked as “Revisions in Text” and contains all language additions and deletions within the body of the text, and all comments in balloons.

Livestock and Poultry
Includes questions on annual averaging for feed Action Threshold, Dry Matter vs. As-Fed, Exempt Minors in feed rations and High-Moisture crops.

Sampling and Testing
Includes questions on annual averaging for feed Action Threshold, 6-month averaging on Action Threshold for some inputs and Limit of Detection for qualitative PCR.

Includes questions on the Made With claim, and blending as a corrective action.

General Comments
To submit comments on any other proposed changes, please use the General Comments form.

This public comment period will be open for 60 days. After the close of this comment period, the Standards Committee (see Terms of Reference) will review comments received and propose changes to the Standard. These proposed changes, in the form of a second Standard redline, will be published on the website for the third public comment period. The third public comment period will open in January of 2019.

  • The Standard
    The Non-GMO Project Standard v14.2

    Version 14.2 of the Non-GMO Project Standard was published September 22, 2017.

    By downloading a copy of the Standard, you understand and agree that you are permitted to download the Standard solely for your personal use (i.e., to review the Standard) and that you do not have any other rights in or to the Standard, including without limitation, any right to further reproduce or display, post, or distribute, or otherwise use the Standard for any reason.

    Why do we need a Standard?

    The mission of the Non-GMO Project is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products, educate consumers, and provide verified non-GMO choices.

    To fulfill our mission, the Non-GMO Project operates under the following theories of change:

    1. Efficient supply chain transformation requires consistent, uniform standards.
    2. The Standard must be both meaningful and achievable.


    The Standard is maintained by a Standards Committee with oversight by the Board Standards Oversight Committee (see Terms of Reference).

    To reflect the growing maturity of the Standard after 10 years and 16 versions, and to lend greater constancy to stakeholders in the Product Verification Program, the Standard has entered a biennial revision process. Beginning in 2018, every two years the Non-GMO Project Standard in its entirety is subject to a revision with stakeholder input.

    Please see our Standard Revision section above or download the infographic for more details on the Standard Revision process.

  • Stakeholder Involvement

    The Non-GMO Project Standard is a consensus-based document crafted with the insight of industry experts, consumers, producers, and scientists.

    Anyone is welcome to submit comments at any time using our public comment form. If you wish to submit comments, please first review the Standard v14.2. We find it especially valuable to receive comments about specific topics and sections of the Standard.

    The Non-GMO Project’s mission depends on cooperation with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. The Non-GMO Project Standard is intended to be a “living” document, capable of flexibly incorporating feedback from all stakeholders in such a way that it always maintains a viable balance of meaningfulness and achievability. 

    Stakeholder Categories

    The Project categorizes stakeholder interests into the following seven areas:

    1. Retailers and Distributors
    2. Processors and Manufacturers
    3. Livestock Producers
    4. Crop Producers
    5. Seed Producers
    6. Research and Policy
    7. Consumer Advocacy


    The Non-GMO Project is committed to transparency. Comments submitted through the comment form are reviewed in an ongoing manner. During a Standard Revision, the Standards Committee (see Terms of Reference) will evaluate all comments received during the public comment periods and propose corresponding changes to the Standard. After the first public comment period, a redline of the Standard with proposed changes is posted on the website along with all comments. After the second comment period and comment evaluation process, the Standards Committee strives for consensus on a proposed new Standard version. Ratification of the new proposed Standard version is voted on by the Board of Directors.

  • Terms of Reference and Standard Oversight

    Non-GMO Project Terms of Reference

    The Non-GMO Project’s Terms of Reference outlines the mission of our organization, the process for revisions to the Standard, and the way we engage with our governing board of directors, technical administrators, and program participants.

    The mission of the Non-GMO Project is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products, educate consumers, and provide verified non-GMO choices. To achieve our mission, we must transform supply chains, which requires consistent Standards that are both meaningful and achievable. We have created the most trusted Standard for GMO avoidance through ongoing public comment periods that keep the Standard rigorous, current, and collaborative. The Standard is maintained by the Standards Committee and Board Standards Oversight Committee.

    The Non-GMO Project believes in the importance of transparency and public input, as our mission depends on cooperation and engagement with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. The Project accepts comments from stakeholders at any time through its website, and these are reviewed in an ongoing manner. Additionally, the Standard in its entirety is subject to a biennial revision process, consisting of two public comment periods and multiple rounds of evaluation by the Standards Committee prior to ratification of a new Standard version by the Board of Directors.

    Please review the Terms of Reference for more detailed information or refer to the Stakeholder Involvement section above for information on how to participate.