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 part of this effort, on June 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of a proposed rule titled “Movement of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms.” The proposed rule will modernize the Department’s biotechnology regulations with a balanced approach that continues to protect plant health while allowing agricultural innovation to thrive. Additionally, on June 7, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency published USDA's draft programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in association with the proposed rule.
APHIS is currently reviewing over 6,100 comment received during the 60-day comment period. We will consider all comments received throughout the rulemaking process before issuing a final rule.
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.
Other Documents Associated with the Proposed Rule