AMS National Organic Program Shares a Handbook Update and Peer Review Corrective Actions

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Peer Review Corrective Actions

The AMS National Organic Program (NOP) has published Peer Review Corrective Actions in response to the 2016 ANSI Peer Review Audit.

As part of its commitment to continuous improvement, NOP implemented a peer review to evaluate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) organic accreditation program. The peer review process is based on the Handbook document, Peer Review of National Organic Program Accreditation.

External auditors review documents to determine if the NOP has followed its own quality management procedures. The auditors compile results of the review, including any issues, and submit them in a report to the NOP. If the auditors identify any issues in the report, the NOP develops corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence of the issue(s).

Link to Corrective Actions

NOP Handbook Update

The National Organic Program (NOP) has published an updated Program Handbook Instruction, NOP 2027: Personnel Performance Evaluations.

NOP 2027 describes the procedures that accredited certifying agents should follow when conducting personnel performance evaluations. The revised procedure establishes a system for determining inspector competency through inspector field evaluations.

To see all NOP guidance, instructions and policies: NOP Handbook.

USDA Now Accepting Application for Vendors for 2017 USDA Farmers Market

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from farmers, growers, and other producers for its 2017 farmers market season opening on Friday, May 5, 2017.  The USDA Farmers Market is located in the parking lot outside USDA Headquarters on the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th St, S.W., in Washington, DC.

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