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Info Collections on Aquatic Animal Tests for Export Health Certificates Under Review

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’sAnimal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments no later than March 3 on information collections concerning the approval of laboratories for conducting aquatic animal tests for export health certificates. Some countries that import aquaculture animals from the U.S. require these animals to be tested for certain diseases and the test results recorded on the export certificates. The test results must originate from a laboratory approved by the competent authority of the exporting country, which is APHIS in this case.

Though APHIS does not have regulations for the approval or certification of laboratories that conduct tests for the export of aquaculture animals, it provides this approval as a service to U.S. exporters who export aquaculture animals to countries that require this certification. APHIS maintains a list of approved laboratories and inspects each approved laboratory every two years. Lab approval requires the use of certain information collection activities, including notification of intent to request approval, application for APHIS approval, protocol statement, submission and recordkeeping of sample copies of diagnostic reports, quality assurance/control plans and their recordkeeping, notification of proposed changes to assay protocols, recordkeeping of supporting assay documentation, and request for removal of approved status.

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