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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC69 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans 

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a final rule on December 31, 2012, to establish regulations under which research facilities and dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers must meet certain requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel. Implementation of the final rule was stayed on July 31, 2013, so that the agency could conduct additional review to further consider the impact of contingency plan requirements on regulated entities. Since that time, we have conducted such a review, and the 2021 Congressional Appropriations Act has required us to lift the stay. We are therefore lifting the stay and making minor revisions to the requirements in order to update compliance dates and clarify intent. The lifting of the stay and revisions will better ensure that entities responsible for animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act are prepared to safeguard the health and welfare of such animals in the event of possible emergencies or disasters.

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 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 2    9 CFR 3   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/23/2008  73 FR 63085   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/22/2008    
NPRM Comment Period Extended  12/19/2008  73 FR 77554   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  02/20/2009    
Final Rule  12/31/2012  77 FR 76815   
Final Rule Effective  01/30/2013 
Final Rule -- Stay of Regulations  07/31/2013  78 FR 46255   
Final Rule Effective -- Stay of Regulations  07/31/2013 
NPRM  06/25/2021  86 FR 33567   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/24/2021 
Final Rule  02/00/2022 
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth Theodorson
Assistant Deputy Administrator, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 86,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:970 494-7473