Register Today for Free USDA Regulatory Permitting and Compliance Workshop

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Dear BRS Stakeholder,

On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) will hold a free Regulatory Permitting and Compliance Education Workshop at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. The workshop will assist the biotechnology industry in complying with U.S. regulations for genetically engineered organisms (GE) that may pose a risk to plant health by:

  • increasing participants’ knowledge of the USDA APHIS BRS regulatory risk assessment application process, and compliance inspection and enforcement processes;
  • explaining how to navigate ePermits, the APHIS online permitting tool;
  • enabling participants to understand the regulatory differences between permits and notifications; and
  • introducing available compliance assistance opportunities.

Workshop participants can also have their Level 2 eAuthentication accounts validated so they can fully utilize ePermits as a USDA customer.

Who Should Attend: Academia and public researchers who conduct, or anticipate conducting, agricultural research with regulated GE organisms, and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, field managers, and institutional biosafety officers.

Registration is Free - Please register online by January 27, 2014, at Registration questions should be directed to Ted Gauthier at 225-578-5230.

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Who is BRS: APHIS' Biotechnology Regulatory Services regulates the introduction (importation, interstate movement, and release into the environment) of genetically engineered organisms that may pose a risk to plant health.