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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE64 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Animal Disease Traceability; Electronic Identification  

This action amends APHIS' animal disease traceability regulations, currently codified at 9 CFR part 86. The primary change requires that APHIS will only recognize identification devices (e.g., eartags) as official identification for cattle and bison covered by the regulations if the devices have both visual and electronic readability (EID). Other changes clarify language and requirements in several sections of part 86. These changes will enhance the U.S. traceability system to better achieve goals of rapidly tracing diseased and exposed animals and containing outbreaks.


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 86   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/19/2023  88 FR 3320   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/20/2023 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  03/20/2023  88 FR 16576   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  04/19/2023 
Final Rule  02/00/2024 
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Aaron Scott Ph.D.
DACVPM, Director
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
National Animal Disease Traceability and Veterinary Accreditation Center, APHIS Veterinary Services Strategy and Policy, 2150 Centre Avenue, Building B (Mail Stop 3E87),
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone:970 494-7249