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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE15 Publication ID: Fall 2015 
Title: ●Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release Into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms 

USDA uses science-based regulatory systems to allow for the safe development, use, and trade of products derived from new agricultural technologies. USDA continues to regulate the importation, interstate movement, and field-testing of newly developed genetically engineered (GE) organisms that qualify as regulated articles” to ensure they do not pose a threat to plant health before they can be commercialized. These science-based evaluations facilitate the safe introduction of new agricultural production options and enhance public and international confidence in these products. As a part of this effort, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will publish a proposed rule to revise its regulations and align them with current authorizations by incorporating the noxious weed authority and regulate GE organisms that pose plant pest or weed risks in a manner that balances oversight and risk, and that is based on the best available science. The regulatory framework being developed will enable more focused, risk-based regulation of GE organisms that pose plant pest or noxious weed risks and will implement regulatory requirements only to the extent necessary to achieve the APHIS protection goal.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 340   
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement  11/00/2015 
NPRM  07/00/2016 
NPRM Comment Period End  09/00/2016 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Andrea Huberty
Branch Chief, Policy, Program, and Regulatory Consultation Branch, Policy Coordination Program, BRS
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 147,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Phone:301 851-3880