Proposed Rule on Contingency Plans
October 23, 2008
As part of its mission, the Animal Care (AC) program of the Department of Agriculture's
(USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is charged with providing leadership in determining standards of humane care and treatment of animals.
Today in the Federal Register, you will find a proposed rule to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. We are proposing these requirements because we believe all licensees and registrants should develop a contingency plan for all animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act in an effort to better prepare for potential disasters. This action would heighten the awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency or disaster occur.
We are proposing licensees and registrants develop contingency plans that:
• Identify situations the facility might experience that would trigger the need for a contingency plan.
• Outline specific tasks required to be carried out in response to the identified emergencies.
• Identify a chain of command and who (by name or by position title) will be responsible for fulfilling these tasks.
• Address how response and recovery will be handled in terms of materials, resources, and training needed.
We are also considering the development of a guidance document (or other means) to provide examples of elements that may be included in contingency plans. We welcome public comment on Web sites, articles, or other sources that may be used to develop such guidance, in addition to suggestions as to what elements should be included as examples for an adequate contingency plan.
Consideration will be given to all comments received on or before December 22, 2008. To learn more about this proposed rule and the public comment process, please visit our Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare .
Chester Gipson, DVM
|Docket Title||Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans|
|How To Comment|| You may submit comments by either of the following methods: |
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/ main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2006-0159to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
• Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0159, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0159. Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.
|Title||Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans|
|Abstract||We are proposing to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. We are proposing these requirements because we believe all licensees and registrants should develop a contingency plan for all animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act in an effort to better prepare for potential disasters. This action would heighten the awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency or disaster occur.|
|CFR Citation||9 CFR 2|
|Effective Date|| |
|Paperwork Control No.|| |
|Received Date|| |
|Federal Register Number||E8-25289|
|Comment Start Date||10/23/2008|
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