In recognition of January 2020 asÂ National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched aÂ Unified Website for Biotechnology RegulationÂ [on Jan. 9].
The Website streamlines information about the three regulatory agencies charged with overseeing agriculture biotechnology products and is part President Donald J. Trumpâ€™s Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products.
â€œAgricultural biotechnology has been and will continue to be an essential tool in helping Americaâ€™s farmers and ranchers feed, fuel, and clothe the world,â€Â said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. â€œFrom producers to consumers, all Americans deserve a government that delivers science-based, common-sense regulations that foster innovation, conserve resources, and protect public healthâ€”especially when it comes to the food supply.
The launch of this unified Biotechnology Regulation website is proof of President Trumpâ€™s commitment to provide the American people with sensible regulations in a clear and transparent manner.â€
â€œEPA is pleased to be working with our partners at USDA, FDA, and across the federal government to implement President Trumpâ€™s Executive Order and launch this new, coordinated website,â€Â said EPA Administrator Wheeler.
â€œThis new website will help provide regulatory certainty and clarity to our nationâ€™s farmers and producers by bringing together information on the full suite of actions the Trump Administration is taking to safely reduce unnecessary regulations and breakdown barriers for these biotechnology products in the marketplace.â€
â€œThis is a time of unprecedented scientific innovation. Agricultural biotechnology promises to bring dynamic new products to the marketplace,â€Â said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D.Â
â€œAt the FDA, we are committed to fostering flexible, risk-based approaches in this field while upholding our mission of protecting and promoting both human and animal health and animal well-being, for example by reducing their susceptibility to diseases like novel influenzas and resistance to zoonotic or foreign animal diseases. Our approach balances our internationally respected, science-based review standards with our ongoing risk-based regulatory approaches to ensure the safety of our food supply.â€
Original article: USDA, FDA, EPA Launch Website for Biotechnology Regulation