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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

APHIS Seeks Public Input on Recognizing Third-Party Inspections and Certifications of Animal Welfare Act Facilities

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:
This notice was also published in the Federal Register and may be viewed at

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