The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering updating its biotechnology regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and our accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as reduce the burden on regulated entities.
As part of this process, on June 29, 2018, APHIS published a Notice of Intent (NOI), advising the public that APHIS intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in connection with potential changes to the regulations.
Previously, APHIS published proposed rules in 2008 and 2017 for potential changes to the regulations. APHIS withdrew both rules in response to public comments and to reengage in a fresh dialogue with stakeholders on the regulation of biotechnology.
Official documents regarding updating APHIS biotechnology regulations will be posted on this page as they become available.