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USDA/FSIS RIN: 0583-AD70 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Changes to Accreditation of Non-Federal Laboratories for Analytical Testing 

FSIS is revising the regulations prescribing the statistical methods used in measuring the performance of chemistry laboratories in its voluntary Accredited Laboratory Program (ALP) and expanding the scope of accreditations offered by the program. FSIS is changing the statistical method the ALP uses to evaluate laboratory proficiency testing (PT). FSIS also is providing for the ALP to accredit non-Federal laboratories for microbiological indicator organisms and pathogen testing. Additionally, the Agency is making various minor edits and changes to the regulation for the sake of clarity and to incorporate all sample types under the jurisdiction of FSIS.

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 439   
Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.    21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.    21 U.S.C. 1031 et seq.    7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.    7 U.S.C. 138   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/14/2020  85 FR 80668   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/12/2021 
Final Action  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Melissa Hammar
Acting Director, Regulations Development Staff
Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone:202 720-2096