US Revamps Genetic Engineering Rule

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Recently USDA released a new regulatory pathway process for bioengineered crops as a result of the Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products Executive Order. The SECURE rule, which stands for Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient, is the first comprehensive revision of APHIS’ biotechnology regulations since they were established in 1987. The new pathway only pertains to USDA’s responsibilities of the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology. SECURE does not pertain to bioengineering of animals nor alter the mandates of EPA and FDA in the regulation of bioengineered crops, USDA’s authority in the framework is covered in the Plant Protection Act and the provisions can be found in 7 CFR part 340.’s  The SECURE rule was a result of a desire to facilitate innovation in crop development utilizing bioengineering. The intention is to reduce the regulatory burden for processes that have been used and reviewed regularly over the past few decades and where bioengineering is used to accomplish things that could be accomplished with traditional breeding methods.

There are numerous articles and videos available discussing the new rule and its impact.

Alliance for Science – US Revamps Genetic Engineering Rule,  Gregory Jaffe, Director of the Project on Biotechnology for Center for Science in the Public Interest

NC State University Genetic Engineering and Society Center – Perspectives on the new USDA regulations for GM Crops, GES Faculty Panel