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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE46 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Approval of Laboratories to Conduct Official Testing; Consolidation of Provisions 

APHIS will consolidate the regulations governing diagnostic laboratory approval authorities into a single regulation and establish a set of standard procedures by which APHIS will conduct all future diagnostic laboratory approvals. The consolidated regulations will provide consistent inspection protocols, proficiency testing methods, quality system guidelines, and definitions. This will also facilitate the approval of additional laboratories in emergency situations. The consolidated regulations will serve to simplify regulatory oversight and compliance.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 71   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/30/2019  84 FR 25013   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/29/2019 
Final Rule  12/00/2019 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Randall L. Levings
Scientific Advisor, Science, Technology, and Analysis Services, VS
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
1920 Dayton Avenue,
Ames, IA 50010-9602
Phone:515 337-7601