Oral Reports (by phone): Describe the incident, date, location (county and state/territory), crop or organism, developer’s name and contact information, APHIS permit/notification number, and initial corrective actions. Please call one of the following numbers at BRS headquarters:
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO REACH HEADQUARTERS CONTACT:
In Writing: Describe the incident in detail, and provide the date, location (county and state/territory), crop or organism, developer's name and contact information, APHIS permit/notification number, and initial corrective actions by one of the following methods:
USDA APHIS BRS
ATTN: Compliance Evaluation and Enforcement Branch
4700 River Road, Unit 91
Riverdale, MD 20737
The written report should provide incident information regarding who was involved, what occurred, where, when, how, and why it occurred. The report should indicate whether an unauthorized release resulted in loss of containment. It should include any corrective actions, preventive actions, and/or mitigating actions already taken. When applicable, it should include a statement regarding who can provide information to APHIS about the incident, and who can receive information from APHIS about it. It should also include any necessary authorization statement for such discussions to occur. For example, an responsible person may designate a site researcher or regulatory compliance lead as the point-of-contact for APHIS.
For permit and notification authorizations applied for by April 4, 2021, APHIS regulations require responsible persons to report the following:
Note: Unauthorized releases include releases made before the effective date, or after the expiration date, of a permit or notification. They also include importations and interstate movements made without valid permits or notifications. Planting at or moving regulated material to sites other than those described on the permit or notification qualify as noncompliance. These are only examples of possible incidents, and other similar incidents qualify.