In order to protect plant health, Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) implements the APHIS regulations for certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms that may pose a risk to plant health. APHIS coordinates these responsibilities along with the other designated federal agencies as part of the Federal Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.
Biotechnology Permits, Notifications, and Petitions
APHIS exercises its regulatory authority through a system that includes both permits and notifications. A researcher or developer may also request that APHIS no longer regulate an organism by submitting a petition for nonregulated status.
BRS uses inspections and other procedures to maintain compliance with the federal regulations and requirements.
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BRS Organization and Functions
Discover more information about program, functions, and the mission of APHIS BRS at the About BRS page.