NAEGA has learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is close to submitting to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed revisions to regulations that govern the premarket regulation of biotech enhanced agricultural traits. The proposed regulatory revisions were developed by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which is responsible for assessing whether biotech-enhanced traits pose a plant pest or noxious weed risk. The White House OMB is the required to clear all Federal Regulations published in the U.S Federal Registrar. In the regulations it is widely expected that the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will propose to streamline its premarket regulatory review and redefine the scope of its regulatory review regarding how it addresses new plant breeding innovations.
NAEGA will update members once the USDA submits its final regulations. For more information, please contact Gary or Ryan.