The Non-GMO Project Standard


Public Comment Period Two

Public Comment Period Two is Now Open!

View the v15 Standard Redline and comment here.

Open from August 3, 2020 through September 1, 2020.

The Project opened Public Comment Period One on March 2, 2020, during which time feedback on 6 questions and v15 of the Standard as a whole was requested of all interested stakeholders. Below is a summary of the proposed changes in the v15 Standard Redline based on the information collected from the first public comment period. The summary consists of proposals directly related to the 6 questions and proposals in response to additional public comment.

Question Number Topic of First Public Comment Period v15 Redline Proposal
1 Version 15 Section 5.2, temporary exemption from onsite inspections for contract processors No change to requirements; to be revisited in the next Standard revision
2 Version 15 Section 6.3.6, an alternate testing pathway limited to a small number of Product categories No change to requirements; to be revisited in the next Standard revision
3 Version 15 Section 8.3.1.d, Ration reporting and compliance requirements No change to requirements; to be revisited in the next Standard revision
4 Version 15 Section 9.4, temporary exemption from evaluation of Growth Media to probiotic Microorganisms No change to requirements; to be revisited in the next Standard revision
5 Version 15 Section 9.6, temporary exemption from evaluation of Growth Media to Enzymes in vitamin and supplement products No change to requirements; to be revisited in the next Standard revision
6 Version 15 Section 2.1.2.f.i, 100% salt goods as a Non-Risk Category and ineligible for Non-GMO Project Verification The Project is proposing removal of the verification pathway for 100% salt goods. This pathway was originally available to help consumers distinguish between pure salt and salt containing GMO-derived stabilizing agents like corn-based dextrose. The salt market has changed considerably in the 10+ years since the Project started verifying Products. Pure salt goods with no additives are now abundantly available and the public comments we have received support removal of the verification pathway for 100% salt goods. Salt is unique in that it is a Non-Risk Ingredient that the Non-GMO Project Standard requires be removed from the weight calculations that determine Ingredient classification in other Products. Under this change, multi-ingredient salt goods such as seasoning salts would still be eligible for verification.
Additional Topics v15 Redline Proposal
Proposed Section 8.6.3, compliant alfalfa hay through Verified-Status seed A new compliance pathway is being proposed as Section 8.6.3 that allows farmers growing their own alfalfa hay to forego postharvest testing in some situations, when Verified-Status seed is planted and other requirements are met.
Addition of Section 2.1.2.g, goods making BE disclosures under NBFDS are ineligible for Non-GMO Project Verification New language are being added that clearly states that goods making a Bioengineered Disclosure are not eligible for Non-GMO Project Verification.
Additions to Appendix C.2.1, Non-Testable Monitored Risk List New crops are being added to the Non-Testable Monitored-Risk List in response to developments in the GMO landscape.

If you would like to submit comments on the proposed changes to the Standard, please first review the v15 Standard Redline then visit our comment form

This public comment period will be open for 30 days. After the close of this comment period, the Standards Committee (see Terms of Reference) will review all comments and finalize changes to the Standard.

  • 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.