APHIS regulates the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or environmental release) of certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms. All regulated introductions of GE organisms must be authorized by APHIS under either its permitting or notification procedures. When a developer has collected enough evidence that a GE organism poses no more of a plant pest risk than an equivalent non-GE organism, the developer may petition APHIS for a determination of non-regulated status. If the petition is approved by APHIS, the GE organism may then be introduced into the United States without any further APHIS regulatory oversight. Guidance for these processes can be found below.
Guidance for Permits
Guidance for Notifications
APHIS BRS recently revised the BRS User's Guide: Notifications (last updated on 11/10/2009). The updated guide (8/4/2010) clarifies the submission process and covers reporting requirements, location and termination information.
Guidance for Petitions
ePermits is a web-based system that allows users to submit import /interstate movement/transit/release permit applications, track applications, apply for renewals and amendments, and receive copies of their permits. APHIS BRS encourages anyone seeking a permit or notification to apply for one using ePermits. Learn more about ePermits.