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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE70 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Revision to Horse Protection Act Regulations 

Current Horse Protection Act (HPA) regulations require Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs) to be licensed directly through Horse Industry Organizations (HIOs). DQPs conduct inspections of horses at HIO-affiliated shows, sales, auctions, and exhibitions to determine compliance with the HPA. We are proposing to amend the Horse Protection regulations by eliminating the role of HIOs and DQPs as inspectors at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions, and assigning inspection authority solely to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Medical Officers and other persons authorized by APHIS.  Other changes are also being contemplated.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 11   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1823   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2022 
NPRM Comment Period End  12/00/2022 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Lance Bassage
VMD, Director, National Policy Staff, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:301 851-3748