On January 19, 2017, APHIS published a proposed rule that would have amended the regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the introduction (importation, interstate movement, and environmental release) of certain genetically engineered organisms. These changes included aligning the regulations with provisions of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) and eliminating the current notification procedures.
APHIS received over 200 comments on the proposed rule, and held three public meetings during the open comment period. On November 7, 2017, APHIS announced the withdrawal of the proposed rule in order to re-engage with stakeholders to determine the most effective, science-based approach for regulating the products of modern biotechnology while protecting plant health.