USDA To Amend User Fees For Veterinary Services

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to adjust the user fees charged for certain veterinary diagnostic services.

"One important way we protect animal health is by providing timely, accurate, and reliable laboratory support," said Joan M. Arnoldi, deputy administrator for veterinary services with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a part of USDA's marketing and regulatory programs mission area.

Various APHIS laboratories analyze blood, tissue, and environmental samples to promote disease tracking and identification. APHIS also assists in quality control of animal vaccines and related products. Current regulations allow APHIS to collect user fees sufficient to cover the costs of providing these veterinary diagnostic services.

Notice of this proposed rule was published in the May 4 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before July 6. An original and three copies of comments should be sent to Docket No. 94-115-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, USDA, Suite 3C03, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238.

Comments may be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141 South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing access to this room are requested to call ahead at 202/690-2817 to facilitate entry into the comment reading room.

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