The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has requested an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the introduction of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering.

The regulations set forth “the permit application requirements and the notification procedures for the importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment of a regulated article and necessitate certain information and recordkeeping requirements, including APHIS-issued permits, applicants’ field testing records, and the submission of protocols to ensure compliance.”

APHIS is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve its use of these information collection activities for an additional three years. The agency will consider comments received by February 11, 2013. See Federal Register, December 11, 2012.