The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Federal Government is soliciting public comment on potential revisions to the licensing requirements under their Animal Welfare Act regulations to promote compliance with the Act and strengthen existing safeguards that prevent any individual whose license has been suspended or revoked, or who has a history of noncompliance, from obtaining a license or working with regulated animals. They are soliciting public comment on these topics to help them consider ways to reduce regulatory burden and more efficiently ensure the sustained compliance of licensees with the Act.
Some of the proposed changes include 1. Establishing a firm expiration date for licenses (e.g., after a 3-5 year period), after which the licensee would once again be required to affirmatively demonstrate compliance before obtaining another license. 2. Requiring licensees to affirmatively demonstrate compliance when making noteworthy changes subsequent to the issuance of a license in regard to the number, type, or location of animals used in regulated activities. 3. Requiring license applicants to disclose any animal cruelty convictions or other violations of Federal, State, or local laws or regulations pertaining to animals;
You can read the printed version of the regulations at the link here. Public comments need to be submitted by October 23, 2017 at the same link.