Rachel Iadicicco (301) 734-3255
USDA LAUNCHES BIOTECHNOLOGY QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PILOT PROJECT
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2009--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today introduced a pilot of the biotechnology quality management system (BQMS). The system is part of continued efforts to enhance compliance with the regulatory requirements for field trials and movements of certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms.
APHIS has accepted five volunteer participants into the pilot project: Bayer CropScience, BASF Plant Science, J.R. Simplot Plant Science, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The participants will develop, implement and maintain a quality management system within their organization to proactively manage the movement and field release of regulated GE organisms. As part of the process, they will:
The pilot project also will test the feasibility of the BQMS audit standard and accompanying guidelines, available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/news_bqms.shtml. The guidelines will be used by the participants as they develop their system. A formal comment period on the audit standard also will be announced in the Federal Register.
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