Organic Input Material Program
The Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program (FMIP) is an industry funded program that ensures consumers receive fertilizing materials that meet the quality and quantity guaranteed on the product label. Investigators located throughout the state conduct routine sampling and inspections, respond to consumer complaints, and enforce the laws and regulations that govern the manufacturing and distribution of fertilizing materials in California. Environmental scientists and Research Analysts review product labels for misleading claims and compliance with the California Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations.
The Organic Input Material (OIM) Program registers fertilizing materials to be used in organic crop and food production. The program is mandated by the Legislature and supported by the industry. Products claiming to be appropriate for use in organic production are verified to comply with the California Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations and USDA National Organic Program Standards. Effective January 2012, OIMs distributed in California shall be registered with the FMIP.
Links to Resources
- FFLDRS Database [Apply for a fertilizing materials license and register OIMs]
- Registered Organic Input Materials (Updated 12/30/2022) [View a printable list of registered OIMs]
- Fertilizer Product Database [View the status of a product and heavy metals analysis]
- Inspector Information [Contact an Inspector]
- Fertilizing Materials Law and Regulations
- OIM Webinar for Organic Certifiers
OIM Registration Overview
- OIM-0035 OIM Registration Process
- OIM-0047 Labeling Guide
- Registration Labeling Aids
- Notice to Industry ISO Certification
- OIM Renewal Documents
- 513-026 Organic Input Material Registration Application
- OIM-0002 Agreement Form
- OIM-0010 Method and Ingredient Declaration
- OIM-0013 Formula Sheet
- OIM-0030 Fee Schedule
- OIM-0031 Registration Update Form
- 513-020 Fertilizing Materials License Application
Registered organic input materials may reflect or bear the following logos. The logo must replicate the form and design referenced in Section 2300 (g) (1) of the California Code of Regulations. If used, it must be printed legibly and conspicuously. Use of the Organic Input Material (OIM) logo is for registered product labels only. Misuse of this logo is a violation of FAC Section 14681(a), “No person shall distribute misbranded fertilizing materials. A fertilizing material shall be deemed misbranded if it’s labeling is false or misleading in any particular way.” Misbranding violations may be subject to penalties up to $5,000.