Sponsored By

APHIS won't establish new third-party inspections, certifications

No new criteria will be established when determining agency’s own inspection frequency under Animal Welfare Act.

May 29, 2018

1 Min Read
APHIS won't establish new third-party inspections, certifications
iStock Thinkstock qingwa

After carefully considering feedback from the public, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs when determining the agency’s own inspection frequency under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

In December 2017, APHIS announced a series of public listening sessions as an opportunity for leadership to gather information about the concept of third-party inspections from stakeholders, state partners and the public. Additionally, APHIS posted a Federal Register notice in January 2018 inviting written comments through March 21, 2018. APHIS received and considered more than 35,500 written comments.

APHIS said it appreciated the input received from stakeholders and carefully considered it when making a final decision. “In this case, APHIS found the vast majority of the comments we received to not be in favor of establishing new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs. Stakeholders on all sides of the issue expressed concern about APHIS’s ability to maintain responsibility for inspections and AWA compliance should third-party inspections be taken into account when determining APHIS inspection frequencies.”

APHIS said it will continue to use its current risk-based inspection system to determine the frequency of inspections and will continue to promote compliance with the AWA by conducting quality inspections, offering voluntary compliance support and learning opportunities and taking enforcement action, as appropriate.

Individuals interested in viewing the feedback APHIS received may access transcripts from each of the listening sessions here. Comments received through the Federal Register may be viewed here.

Subscribe to Our Newsletters
Feedstuffs is the news source for animal agriculture

You May Also Like