NOP Memo to the NOSB

Request for Discussion and Recommendations:
Human Capital Strategy for Organic Inspectors and Reviewers

The National Organic Program (NOP) has sent a Memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) requesting that the NOSB facilitate a public discussion related to a Human Capital Strategy for Organic Inspectors and Reviewers. Organic certification is a shared responsibility across the organic community, making the effective management of human capital critical in protecting the USDA organic seal.

Organic stakeholders have raised the problem of a known shortage in well-qualified organic inspectors and reviewers. Engaging in near-term and long-term efforts to develop, recruit, and retain a strong community of well-trained and well-qualified inspectors and reviewers is essential for organic integrity. We hope this work agenda item will facilitate discussions about this topic across the organic community.

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