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.
Previously, 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. APHIS received 34 comments during the 30-day comment period.
APHIS will thoroughly review and consider all comments received throughout the rulemaking process before issuing a final rule. The public and stakeholders will also have ample opportunity to review and comment on all phases of the rulemaking process, and documents associated with APHIS’ goal of updating its biotechnology 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.
Notice of Intent