Plant and Genetically Modified Organism Permits

State and Federal Permit Requirements for Plant Research

A permit may be required for importation, transit, movement by mail, or environmental release of plants or organisms that may impact local flora or agriculture. The process for determining when a permit is required depends upon what you want to collect and your intended use of the material.

If you are not sure whether your intended activity requires a USDA-APHIS permit, email USDA APHIS at biotechquery@aphis.usda.gov or (301)734-5301.

Movement of Plants in Georgia

If your research involves moving any of the following into or out of Georgia, contact USDA-APHIS-PPQ to determine if a permit is required for your import or export.

• Importation of soil or plant materials, plant pests or plant associated organisms across state lines for research or domesitc purposes
• Exportation of soil or plant materials, plant pests or plant associated organisms across state lines for research or domesitc purposes
• Organisms and Soil
• Plant and Plant products
7 CFR 340.2 – Groups of organisms which are or contain plant pests and exemptions

Genetically Modified Plants and Plant Pests

Introductions (interstate movement, importation or environmental release) of a regulated genetically engineered organism is overseen by USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Service. Introductions and housing in outdoor venues (screen house, greenhouse, lath house, external beds) are authorized by USDA under either a permit or notification process.

USDA provides a frequently asked questions site to assist researchers in determining their permit needs. Plan early as permits may take up to 60 days to receive.

Last updated: 6/5/2017

Office of Research Integrity • PO Box 8005, Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5465 • irb@georgiasouthern.edu