New Stakeholder Engagement on APHIS Biotechnology Regulation
This website is devoted to stakeholder engagement regarding APHIS regulation of the products of biotechnology. Please bookmark this site (press Ctrl + d) and return regularly for updates and information.
In a stakeholder message on February 27, 2015, and a Federal Register notice on March 4, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the withdrawal of its 2008 proposed rule that would have amended the regulations for certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms.
The 2008 proposed rule generated comments from more than 88,300 commenters. Based on the experience we have gained over the past 28 years, continuing advances in biotechnology, and the scope of comments received on the proposed rule, we have withdrawn the proposed rule to begin fresh stakeholder engagement aimed at exploring alternative policy approaches.
Because of rules limiting ex parte communications with respect to active rulemakings, publication of the 2008 proposed rule constrained our ability to talk about alternatives with stakeholders. Withdrawing the proposed rule lifts this constraint, allowing APHIS to discuss regulatory issues in ways that were not possible while the proposal was in formal rulemaking. Our intention is to utilize an open and robust policy dialogue to drive the development of a forward-looking rule that will provide a foundation for our future regulatory activities.
This engagement began with an opportunity to provide oral and written comments on the questions listed below through June 22, 2015. Oral comments were taken in a series of webinars in May 2015. Transcripts and related materials from these webinars may be found on the Documents page of this website. To review the comments received on this docket (APHIS-2015-0036) at regulations.gov, click here.
APHIS sought input on the following questions:
CONCURRENT USDA ACTIVITIES
In addition to APHIS’ engagement regarding 7 CFR part 340, concurrently USDA is developing ways to improve coexistence among various agricultural sectors. For more information on these efforts, CLICK HERE.