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About the SECURE Rule

On May 14, 2020, APHIS announced the availability of the Final Rule for its biotechnology regulations 7 CFR part 340. The SECURE rule, which stands for Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient, is the first comprehensive revision of APHIS’ biotechnology regulations since they were established in 1987. The revisions enable APHIS to regulate organisms developed using genetic engineering for plant pest risk with greater precision, and reduces regulatory burden for developers of organisms that are unlikely to pose plant pest risks. The SECURE Rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 18, 2020

WHY DOES APHIS REGULATE ORGANISMS DEVELOPED USING GENETIC ENGINEERING?
APHIS protects U.S. agriculture by regulating certain organisms developed using genetic engineering that may pose a plant pest risk.   

                              PLANT PEST RISK DEFINED
The potential for direct or indirect injury to, damage to, or disease in any plant or plant product resulting from introducing or disseminating a plant pest, or the potential for exacerbating the impact of a plant pest.

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View the SECURE Rule Overview

View the Final SECURE Rule 

View the SECURE Rule Text Only

View the Final Environmental Impact Statement 

View the USDA's Press Release 

View the Questions and Answers 

View Documents Associated with the Proposed Rule 

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