ABOUT APHIS' BIOTECHNOLOGY REGULATIONS, 7 CFR PART 340
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has been regulating certain genetically engineered (GE) organisms since 1987. The regulations are intended to help ensure that these regulated GE organisms are not harmful to plants or plant products. This is accomplished by placing controls on the importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment of these regulated GE organisms. Developers seeking to introduce these types of GE organisms must obtain APHIS’ approval and adhere to our regulations to maintain confinement of the organisms. APHIS’ biotechnology regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations Volume 7, Section 340. APHIS’ Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) conducts its regulatory activities under the authority of the Plant Protection Act.
Our first biotechnology regulations were implemented in 1987, and the last major revision was in 1993. APHIS is considering amending its current biotechnology regulations in light of advances in science and technology, and to reflect APHIS’ experience by incorporating the knowledge we’ve gained in 28 years of regulating GE organisms.