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Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS)

To protect plant health, Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) implements APHIS regulations for certain organisms developed using genetic engineering that may pose a risk to plant health. APHIS coordinates these responsibilities along with the other designated federal agencies as part of the Federal Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.

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  • Regulations

    Learn about our biotechnology regulatory authority and the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology, which describes the federal system for evaluating products developed using biotechnology.

  • Permits and Exemptions

    APHIS regulates the importation, interstate movement, or environmental release of certain organisms developed using genetic engineering that may pose a plant pest risk. Learn more about permitting requirements and our regulatory process.

  • Compliance and Inspections

    BRS has a comprehensive system to help ensure that biotechnology organizations are maintaining compliance with APHIS’ biotechnology regulations.

  • BQMS Program

    The Biotechnology Quality Management Support (BQMS) Program helps biotechnology researchers and organizations analyze the critical control points within their management systems to help them better maintain compliance with APHIS regulations.

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