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Withdrawal of 2008 Proposed Changes to 7 CFR part 340

On February 27, 2015, APHIS announced the withdrawal of its 2008 proposed rule that would have amended the regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the introduction (importation, interstate movement, and environmental release) of certain genetically engineered organisms.

APHIS Announces Withdrawal of 2008 Proposed Rule for Biotechnology Regulations

Questions and Answers: Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Regarding the Introduction of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms (340 Regulations)

Federal Register Notice (March 4, 2015):  Withdrawal of 2008 Proposed Rule for Biotechnology Regulations


History

On October 8, 2008, APHIS published a proposed rule to revise its regulations of genetically engineered organisms. This rule has not been made final, pending the review and consideration of the extensive comments the Agency received.

On April 29-30, 2009, APHIS held an issue-focused public meeting on a proposed rule to revise existing regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in Riverdale, Md. Transcripts of the public meeting will be made part of the rulemaking record.

In order to ensure all transcriptions are available for public consideration, APHIS extended the comment period for the proposed rule until June 29, 2009. The public comment period was reopened on January 16, 2009, after receiving comments from more than 15,000 people on the 45-day comment period that opened on October 9, 2008.

While BRS’ current regulations have been effective in ensuring the safe introduction of GE organisms, the program is considering potential revisions to update its existing regulations in light of advances in science and technology and to reflect APHIS’ experience by incorporating lessons learned. Revising our biotechnology regulations will better position us to address new challenges, as well as meet current needs in evaluating and addressing the plant pest or noxious weed risks associated with the importation, interstate movement, and field release of certain GE organisms. The proposed changes will also improve regulatory processes so they are more transparent to stakeholders and the public, make more efficient use of agency resources, and eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens.


Federal Register Notices Associated with the Proposed Rule

March 4, 2015 Federal Register Notice on Withdrawal of 2008 Proposed Rule for Biotechnology Regulations

April 13, 2009 Federal Register Notice on Public Meeting

March 11, 2009 Federal Register Notice on Scoping Meeting and Extension of Public Comment Period

January 16, 2009 Federal Register Notice on the Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions

November 10, 2008 Correction Notice to the Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions

October 9, 2008 Federal Register Notice on the Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions


Press Releases Associated with the Proposed Rule

April 8, 2009 Press Release on Public Meeting

March 6, 2009 Press Release on Scoping Meeting

January 15, 2009 Press Release on the Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions

October 6, 2008 Press Release on the Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions

Documents Associated with the Proposed Rule

Transcript from April 29-30, 2009 Public Meeting

Transcript of March 13, 2009 Public Scoping Meeting

Transcript of October 6, 2008 Media Call on the Proposed Regulatory Revisions

Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions Questions and Answers

Proposed Biotechnology Regulatory Revisions Factsheet




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