A facility inspection may be required before a PPQ 588 Controlled Import Permit
(CIP) permit is issued. A PPQ containment specialist will evaluate the documentation submitted with the permit application, and determine if the facility is adequate. The applicant will be informed if their facility must be inspected as part of the permitting process. A PPQ inspector will document aspects of the facility to determine if the facility and equipment are adequate for containment of organisms and pests that may be associated with the imported plants. The applicant is required to provide information about the containment facility where the imported plants will be grown. APHIS PPQ may schedule an inspection of the containment facility to confirm that it will adequately safeguard pests and diseases should they occur. Outlined below are the documents that may be requested or steps involved in evaluation of the facility:
1: Standard Operational Procedures (SOP):
2: Greenhouse containment questionnaire
- If plants will be grown in a growth chamber or greenhouse then the applicant will be asked to complete a Greenhouse questionnaire.
See link: Greenhouse Containment Questionnaire
- Upon receipt of responses, the greenhouse questionnaire will be evaluated by the permit scientist
Step 3: Facility Evaluation and initiation of on-site inspection
- Based on evaluation of the greenhouse questionnaire, APHIS PPQ may conduct a facility inspection.
Your containment growing facility should be ready for APHIS inspection within 30 days after the submission of your PPQ Form 588 application.
Containment facilities are subject to random compliance inspections post-permit issuance.