WSR 00-08-095

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed April 5, 2000, 8:56 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-42 WAC, Biological products.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 16.36.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rule is necessary to carry out the director's duties to protect animal health and public health in the state. Some minor technical changes and wording changes are necessary to update the rule and modernize the language.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. RCW 16.36.100 authorizes the director to cooperate with agencies of Washington, other states and the federal government. A general agreement with USDA APHIS VS delineates each agency's responsibilities.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington State Department of Agriculture will meet with interested parties and industry constituents to discuss this proposal. Anyone wishing to receive more information on the proposed rule should contact the department using the information listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Dr. Kathleen M. Connell, Assistant State Veterinarian, Food Safety and Animal Health Division, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42577, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-1878, fax (360) 902-2087.

April 5, 2000

Verne E. Hedlund

Acting Assistant Director

for Candace A. Jacobs, DVM, MPH

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office