The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing changes to regulations governing requests to conduct animal health status evaluations. These evaluations are conducted at the request of foreign nations in order to determine eligibility for importing animals and animal products into the United States.

The proposed changes will clarify the information requested from the foreign nations to allow for a more expeditious evaluation process. These actions support government initiatives to make regulations clearer and easier to understand.