Feb 12, 2017Comment period on proposed biotechnology rule revisions extended
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the comment period on its proposed revisions to its biotechnology regulations will remain open through June 19, 2017. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before June 19, 2017. Notice of this comment period closing date was published in the Federal Register on February 10, 2017.
APHIS is proposing to revise its regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in order to update the regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and APHIS’s accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as reduce the burden on regulated entities. This is the first comprehensive revision of the regulations since they were established in 1987.