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Updating Biotechnology Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering updating its biotechnology regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and our accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations. 

As part of this process, on June 29, 2018, APHIS published a Notice of Intent (NOI), advising the public that APHIS intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in connection with potential changes to the regulations. APHIS received 34 comments during the 30-day comment period. APHIS will thoroughly review and consider all comments and use the information as it works to complete, and then publish, the draft pEIS and a proposed rule. The public and stakeholders will also have ample opportunity to review and comment on each of these documents in support of APHIS’ goal of updating its biotechnology regulations.

Previously, APHIS published proposed rules in 2008 and 2017 for potential changes to the regulations. APHIS withdrew both rules in response to public comments and to reengage in a fresh dialogue with stakeholders on the regulation of biotechnology.

Official documents regarding updating APHIS biotechnology regulations will be posted on this page as they become available.

View the June 29, 2018 Notice of Intent

View the Stakeholder Announcement

Learn about the EIS Process


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