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About BQMS


The BQMS Program provides participants with the tools and guidance needed to develop a BQMS that is tailored to their organization's needs. Specifically, the Program provides:

  • interactive training workshops with other BQMS Program participants and USDA officials,
  • documented guidelines and templates to aid in the development of a BQMS,
  • a baseline assessment of current management practices in relationship to the BQMS audit standard,
  • one-on-one targeted assistance as needed,
  • internal audit training,
  • facilitated third-party audits of the organization's BQMS, and
  • acknowledgement of BQMS Program completion

Participants will develop, implement, and maintain a BQMS within their organization to manage the movement and field release of regulated GE organisms. Specifically, organizations will:

  • work to identify critical control points in the organization's processes for working with regulated GE organisms,
  • develop or revise standard operating procedures that address critical control points,
  • properly train personnel on the standard operating procedures,
  • undergo a third-party audit to determine effectiveness of the organization's quality management system, and
  • become an organization recognized as completing the BQMS Program.


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