The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published a notice announcing the availability of its biotechnology compliance assistance program audit standard. The document “will be used by participating regulated entities to develop and implement sound management practices, thus enhancing compliance with the regulatory requirements for field trials and movement of genetically engineered [GE] organisms in 7 CFR part 340.” APHIS developed a voluntary quality management assistance program to help regulated entities improve their management of domestic GE organism research and development. The new audit standard “provides criteria for the development, implementation, and objective evaluation of the entity’s [program].” See Federal Register, October 5, 2010.