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New BQMS Program Available

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) announces today the availability of a new voluntary Biotechnology Quality Management Support Program (BQMS).  This new program is more flexible, more customizable, and less costly than the Biotechnology Quality Management System Program it replaces. It is designed to help organizations of any size (universities, small businesses, and large companies) develop sound quality management practices to enhance their ability to comply with regulations governing genetically engineered organisms found at 7 CFR part 340.

Organizations participating in the new BQMS program now have access to web-based tools and resources. It is a modular system where users can easily choose the modules they need to meet their own unique compliance assistance needs. All of the tools are available online for easy access by all, no matter how big or small their organization. BQMS users continue to have the option upon request to receive one-on-one tailored assistance from BRS staff, as in the past.

To learn more about the new BQMS program and how organizations can participate, please visit our revised BQMS Webpage or contact BRS at

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