The approval and regulatory program develops all the rules managed by health and disease prevention services and develops the relevant regulatory documents, such as instructions, justifications, orders and certificates of compliance. The program also grants state approvals for pests and quarantine raw materials, as authorized by the administrative provisions and the Food and Agriculture Code. The program also recommends approval or rejection of USDA applications for federal approval. These authorizations relate to the movement of plant pests, foreign lands, foreign quarantine plant material, genetically modified organisms and foreign raw materials that normally prohibit entry into the United States. Non-compliant ground transportation must be quarantined at Merit Laboratories, Inc. until the QPP is verified. Shipments of compromised packaging must be stopped. Merit is one of the country`s leading environmental control laboratories that analyzes soil, wastewater, groundwater, drinking water and other sample matrixes in our east Lansing, Michigan laboratory to analyze a variety of analytical parameters, including PFAS. Please contact Merit Laboratories for support during your environmental testing.

USDA APHIS PPQ should be immediately notified at 734.942.9005 of non-compliant land shipments such as: Black and White Shipping Labels (PPQ Form 550) provided by PPQ Pest Permit Services. Other labels can be requested by email to BlackWhiteGreenYellow.labelrequest@aphis.usda.gov. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has set deadlines for processing applications for authorisation, in accordance with paragraphs 15374 to 15378 of the Government Code. Failure to meet these deadlines may be invoked in accordance with the provisions of Title 3, California Code of Regulations, Section 301, to the Director of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N Street, P.O. Box 942871, Sacramento, CA 94271-0001. In certain circumstances, the director may order that the registrant receive a refund of deposit taxes. Coordinating the collection and delivery of samples on regulated and foreign national soils is essential. Customers should contact Merit Laboratories prior to sampling and shipping to ensure general compliance with USDA APHIS PPQ federal guidelines. There are specific requirements that must be taken when shipping regulated and foreign domestic soil to Merit Laboratories: The soil must be provided with a copy of the Domestic Regulated Soil Compliance Agreement is provided by the USDA for areas located in the continental United States that are quarantined for various plant pests or diseases, when the soil may harbor these pests or diseases.