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USDA/AMS RIN: 0581-AD09 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: NOP; Strengthening Organic Enforcement  

The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) rulemaking will address 2018 Farm Bill mandates. In summary, SOE will propose the following requirements that align with the Farm Bill:

  • Limiting the types of operations in the organic supply chain that are not required to obtain organic certification;
  • Imported organic products must be accompanied by an electronic import certificate to validate organic status;
  • Import certificates will be submitted to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE);
  • Certifying agents must notify USDA within 90 days of the opening of any new office that conducts certification activities; and,  
  • Entities acting on behalf of certifying agents may be suspended when there is noncompliant activity.


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 205   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Tucker
Deputy Administrator, USDA National Organic Program
Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 260-8077