APS aspires to prevent the introduction and movement of pests that could impair the safety, availability, and affordability of our food, feed and fiber. APS supports the USDA APHIS-PPQ mission to protect U.S. animal and plant health and recognize that regulation of certain pests is essential. PPB has been working closing with APHIS during the past several years to ensure the best permitting system and regultory efforts possible.
2008APS Public Policy Board conducted a follow up survey in the spring of 2008, to its initial survey in 2005 to assess member satisfaction with the numerous permitting improvements, including new organism labels, the ePermits system, commercial carriers negotiations, and organizational strengthening of APHIS. Survey Report in March 2009, Phytopathology NewsPPQ Survey Response, R. Johnson, March 2009, Phytopathology News
2005Working with the Entomology Society of America (ESA), the Society of Nematologists (SON), and the Mycological Society of America (MSA), the APS Public Policy Board developed a survey, which was posted online February-April 2005, to better assess members’ experiences and concerns related to the 526 permitting process.Permitting Survey Overview Presented to USDA, March 2005Survey Report in July 2005, Phytopathology News PPQ Survey Response, M. Firko, July 2005, Phytopathology News
A special session on “Permitting and the Global Movement of Plant Pathogens” was held at the 2005 APS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. This session was a follow-up to the 2004 discussion and expanded the discussion to North America and Europe.Report in January 2006, Phytopathology News
2004 A session discussing issues involving movement of plant pathogens was held at the APS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Report in October 2004, Phytopathology News