Biotechnology Regulatory Services Enforcement Summary

Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) Enforcement Summary

To support biotechnology, in fiscal year (FY) 2017, IES concluded an investigation regarding a high-profile incident involving the possible spread of genetically engineered (GE) corn at research facilities. IES confirmed that the research facilities acted within appropriate protocols to control the spread of the GE corn, and provided appropriate notifications to APHIS. Additionally, as part of an APHIS internal collaborative effort to further the protection and safeguarding of plant health throughout the United States, IES answered a BRS request for evidence handling training. IES created “Tips for Non-Investigators: Evidence Collection and Chain of Custody,” and delivered this training by webinar and also during the BRS All Hands Meeting in Riverdale, Maryland. BRS requested this training for its employees, who are sometimes first responders to incidents, and have a requirement to collect evidence.

Totals FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Cases Initiated 1 2 0
Warnings 0 0 0
Settlement Agreements 1 0 0
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $81,200 $0 $0
Non-Monetary Stipulations 0 0 0
Referrals to OGC 0 0 0
Administrative Complaints 0 0 0
Administrative Decisions 0 0 0
Civil Penalties Assessed $0 $0 $0
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