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Issuances, Forms, and Records Management

The Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) uses three types of issuances:

Administrative Notices are temporary, one-time issuances that normally address a single subject or action, establish short-term programs or interim procedures, or make announcements. If information contained in a notice is of a permanent nature, it must be issued in a directive or handbook/manual.

Directives are permanent issuances that are in force until canceled. Directives are used to issue delegations of authority, basic policies, and operating instructions.

Manuals & Guidelines are permanent issuances which give technical guidance and detailed procedures on a particular subject or function, generally of the type that must be referred to on a daily or frequent basis.

Employees can visit the Issuance Management Portal Employees Only (Employees Only) for additional job aids, templates, training, and other resources.


The APHIS Records Management Handbook is available to better serve APHIS customers and provide job aids.

Forms are available on the APHIS Electronic Forms Library which also contains information about where forms are stocked.

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