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Biotechnology Meeting Archive

Below is a list of past biotechnology meetings that APHIS has led or led in coordination with other organizations.

2022

APHIS eFile Training Webinar
On March 29 - April 7, 2022, APHIS' Biotechnology Regulatory Services held a series of webinar trainings on the APHIS eFile system to show BRS applicants how to use the updated permit application functionality in APHIS eFile, which was released on March 28, 2022. Two training topics were available, including Submitting Permit Applications in APHIS eFile and Post Submission Activities.

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2021

2021 BRS Stakeholder Meeting
On Thursday, November 18, BRS held its annual stakeholder meeting to share information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) revised biotechnology regulations, the new electronic permitting system—APHIS eFile, a review of fiscal year 2021, and discussion of our FY 2022 priorities that support protecting plant health through the regulation of organisms developed using genetic engineering. BRS also held an optional session on APHIS eFile that will included a demo of APHIS eFile's Permitting Assistant, an overview of enhancements coming in 2022, and location requirements.

Regulatory Status Review Guide Webinar
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, BRS held a webinar to provide an overview of the draft Regulatory Status Review (RSR) Guide and an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback and ask questions.

APHIS eFile Training Webinar
On April 5 through April 12, 2021, APHIS hosted a series of webinar trainings on our new APHIS eFile system. These trainings were designed to support applicants’ transition to APHIS eFile. Four training topics were available, including an Introduction to APHIS eFile, Submitting Permit Applications, Post Submission Activities, and Compliance. Learn more about APHIS eFile.

2020

2020 BRS Stakeholder Meeting
On Wednesday, December 9, BRS held its annual stakeholder meeting. The meeting is open to all, and is held annually to foster transparency and engagement in the BRS program. BRS provided information on our ongoing efforts to implement the new Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) biotechnology regulations; a look back at FY 2020 and look ahead to our FY 2021 priorities that support protecting plant health through the regulation of organisms developed using genetic engineering.

2020 Confirmation Process Meetings
On June 24 and August 5, 2020, APHIS hosted technical webinars to assist developers with submitting requests to confirm that plants meet established criteria for regulatory exemption. APHIS reviewed the confirmation of exemption process and provided stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions.

2019

2019 BRS Stakeholder Meeting
On December 5, 2019, USDA APHIS' Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) held its annual Stakeholder Meeting. The meeting is open to all, and is held annually to foster transparency and engagement in the BRS program. BRS provided information on past year activities and a look forward to FY 2020; including updates on the proposed 340 SECURE rule for biotechnology regulations, eFile, and compliance, regulatory, and policy activities. BRS also introduced our new Deputy Administrator, Bernadette Juarez.

BRS BQMS Foundations Workshop
On September 30, 2019, APHIS' Biotechnology Regulatory Services held a Biotechnology Quality Management Support (BQMS) Program webinar as part of its BQMS Foundations Workshop series. The workshop familiarized participants with the BQMS tools to enhance compliance with current biotechnology regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the import, interstate movement, and environmental release of regulated GE organisms.

2018

2018 BRS Stakeholder Meeting
On November 7, 2018, BRS held its annual Stakeholder Meeting.  BRS hosted two sessions; the morning session provided information on current BRS activities, including information on modern biotechnology techniques and the afternoon session consisted of a demonstration of our new APHIS eFile permitting system that will replace our current ePermits system in 2019.  

BQMS and Volunteer Monitoring Information Webinar
On Thursday September 20, 2018, APHIS’ Biotechnology Quality Management Support (BQMS) program hosted a webinar on monitoring for volunteers as part of its “Building Upward” webinar series.  The webinar provided details and supporting examples on the relationship between volunteer monitoring activities and compliance with APHIS’ biotechnology regulations. 

BQMS and Confidential Business Information Webinar
On March 29, 2018 APHIS’ Biotechnology Quality Management Support Program hosted an interactive webinar to enhance understanding of Confidential Business Information (CBI).  APHIS' BRS provided a brief overview of the BQMS Program and described the fundamentals of claiming CBI when submitting documents such as permit applications, petitions for non-regulated status, notifications, and “Am I Regulated?” inquiries.

Updates to Supplemental Permit Conditions Webinar
On March 8, 2018, USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services held a webinar to familiarize participants with changes to standard supplemental conditions for permits authorized under the biotechnology regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the import, interstate movement, and environmental release of regulated GE organisms. The changes are part of efforts to ensure clear, consistent, and enforceable requirements in authorized biotechnology permits that protect the ability of American agricultural producers to prosper.

2017

2017 BRS Stakeholder Meeting 
On November 15, 2017, BRS held its annual Stakeholder Meeting.  BRS shared information on FY17 accomplishments and FY 2018 initiatives; business process improvements; compliance initiatives and permitting updates; and new data tools and the Quality Management Support Program. 

Biotechnology Quality Management Support (BQMS) Program Foundations Workshop
On September 25, 2017, APHIS BRS held a BQMS Program Foundations Workshop to familiarize participants with new tools to enhance compliance with current biotechnology regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the import, interstate movement, and environmental release of regulated GE organisms. The tools are part of our updated Biotechnology Quality Management Support (BQMS) program that has been retooled into a modular approach featuring user-friendly, web-based templates, guidelines, and checklists.

340 Proposed Rule Public Meetings
In June 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) held three public comment meetings on the proposed revisions to our biotechnology regulations in Kansas City, MO; Davis, CA, and Riverdale, MD.

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