Regulatory Brief

 USDA APHIS Proposed Rule, Exportation of Live Animals, Hatching Eggs, and Animal Germplasm from the U.S.

​Formal Title: Docket Number 2015-04013; Exportation of Live Animals, Hatching Eggs, and Animal Germplasm from the United States (February 26, 2015)

Brief Description:

The USDA APHIS solicited public comment regarding the agency’s proposed revisions to the regulations on exportation of livestock from the United States. Additionally, if a country is known to require an export health certificate for any animal other than livestock, including pets, or for any hatching eggs or animal germplasm, APHIS would require that the animal, hatching eggs, or animal germplasm have an export health certificate to be eligible for export from the United States. This change would help ensure that all animals, hatching eggs, and animal germplasm exported from the United States meet the health requirements of the countries to which they are destined.

 Excerpts from the AVMA Response:

“…the AVMA recognizes that the USDA APHIS proposed rule on Exportation of Live Animals, Hatching Eggs, and Animal Germplasm from the United States [Docket No. APHIS-2012-0049] includes regulatory steps toward enhanced animal health and welfare of livestock to be exported from the United States. The incorporation of performance standards provides needed regulatory flexibility, and increased reference of the Program Handbook, containing guidance and other information related to the regulations, will allow more timely adjustments in response to change (eg, advances in diagnostic tests, changes in disease risks, or updates to the list of disinfectants).  Additionally, we are pleased to see regulatory language pertaining to export health certificates for any animal semen, animal embryos, hatching eggs, other embryonated eggs, gametes, and animals other than livestock in the proposed rule. Nonetheless, we have a number of concerns …” (To view the concerns, see the full AVMA response linked below)

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