On June 11, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products. The purpose of the Executive Order is to streamline the regulatory process for biotechnology products by adopting a science-based regulatory system that is timely, efficient and transparent.
Following the signing, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stated that:
“Our current regulatory framework has impeded innovation instead of facilitating it. With this Executive Order, President Trump is once again putting America first and setting us on a course to modernize our regulatory framework so that it works for our farmers, ranchers, and consumers. We need all the tools in the toolbox to meet the challenge of feeding everyone now and into the future – if we do not put these safe biotechnology advances to work here at home, our competitors in other nations will.”
The White House statement on the Executive Order can be found here.