USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking input from the public to aid in the development of criteria for recognizing the use of third-party inspection and certification programs when determining APHIS inspection frequencies at facilities licensed or registered under the Animal Welfare Act.
We hosted our first in-person listening session on January 18. We have three remaining in-person listening sessions and one virtual session.
February 8: Riverdale, MD from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST
February 22: Kansas City, MO from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST
March 8: Tampa, FL from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST
March 14: Virtual listening session, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
More information about these sessions and instructions on how to register is available here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/sa_animal_welfare_news/third-party-inspection-certification-programs
This notice was also published in the Federal Register and may be viewed at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS-2017-0102-0001
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