The Non-GMO Project Standard

Public Comment Period One

The First Public Comment Period of the 2020 Standard Revision is Now Open!

Comment here

The first public comment period will remain open from March 2 through April 30, 2020. While the Project accepts comments on the Standard in its entirety, we are inviting you to join the conversation around specific Standard sections including:

  • Version 15 Section 5.2, temporary exemption from onsite inspections for contract processors,
  • Version 15 Section 6.3.6, an alternate testing pathway limited to a small number of product categories,
  • Version 15 Section 8.3.1.d, ration reporting and compliance requirements,
  • Version 15 Section 9.4, temporary exemption from evaluation of growth media to probiotic microorganisms,
  • Version 15 Section 9.6, temporary exemption from evaluation of growth media to enzymes in vitamin and supplement products    

Comments are welcome through the comment form and through email to Should you wish to provide comments through another avenue, please make a request through and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please see our Terms of Reference (TOR) and our Standard Revision Process Infographic for more information on the revision process.

  • The Standard
    The Non-GMO Project Standard v15

    Version 15 of the Non-GMO Project Standard was published July 26, 2019.

    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 v15. 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.