The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has restructured regulations governing the importation of plants for planting, commonly known as the Q37 Regulations. Q37 Regulations are necessary to prevent the introduction of plant pests or spread of plant pests under the official control of an eradication or containment program.
The final rule for the restructuring of the Q37 Regulations was published in the Federal Register and became effective on April 18, 2018. In the new structure, restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting are no longer found in the regulations, but instead are located in the Plants for Planting Manual. As part of the restructure, we grouped together restrictions in the plants for planting regulations that apply to the importation of most or all plants for planting, and we added general requirements for the development of integrated pest risk management measures that we may use to mitigate the risk associated with the importation of a specific type of plants for planting. We also amended our foreign quarantine regulations to remove various provisions regarding the importation of specific types of plants for planting that are not currently subject to the general plants for planting regulations; these provisions are also found in the Plants for Planting Manual. This action does not make any major changes to the restrictions that currently apply to the importation of plants for planting. These changes make restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting easier for readers to find and less cumbersome for us to change.
The following tables summarize the changes resulting from restructuring the Q37 regulations.
For further information contact PPQ Customer Service at (301) 851-2046 or e-mail PPQ.Q37.Questions@aphis.usda.gov.