Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Effective Aug 16, 2007, APHIS implemented revised regulations pertaining to the importation of fruits and vegetables. Collectively, these regulations are commonly referred to as Quarantine 56 or the Q56 regulations. Overall, the Q56 revisions, which are now in effect, simplify and expedite APHIS' process for approving new imports and pest-free areas while continuing to allow for public participation in agency decision making. For additional information, see Questions
and Answers on the Quarantine 56 Revision (Oct 2008;
PDF | 45 KB).
Facts About Federal Wildlife Laws (Apr 2000; PDF | 325 KB)
Fish and Wildlife Service.
This booklet is a guide
to Federal laws that
apply to the importation,
and sale of wildlife,
including live and dead
animals and animal
parts and products.
Federal Domestic Quarantine Notices - Title 7: Agriculture, Part 301
U.S. Government Printing Office.
Note: Current up to date of Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)
Federal Import Orders
Plant Protection and Quarantine.
(Federal) Noxious Weeds Program
Plant Protection and Quarantine.
See also: Noxious
Weeds Program: Regulations and Noxious
Weed Regulations (Electronic Code of Federal
Regulations; Title 7: Agriculture, Part 360).
Federal Seed Act
Agricultural Marketing Service.
AMS enforces interstate commerce provisions of the Federal Seed Act (FSA) and provides seed testing service under the Agricultural Marketing Act. The FSA regulates the interstate shipment of agricultural and vegetable seeds. Includes the State Noxious-Weed Seed Requirements Recognized in the Administration of the Federal Seed Act (2015; PDF | 2 MB). This annually updated publication contains information about the various State
labeling requirements and prohibitions of noxious-weed seeds and shows the scientific
names and common names according to the law and regulations of the particular
State in which the seed is noxious (by State and Appendices - common and scientific name cross reference).
See also: Items
of Interest in Seed Control (publication for seed control officials and seed companies).
Injurious Wildlife and Injurious
Wildlife: A Summary of the Injurious Provisions of
the Lacey Act (Nov 2013; PDF | 187 KB)
DOI. FWS. Fish and Aquatic Conservation.
Introduced, Invasive, and Noxious Plants - PLANTS Database
National Plant Data Center.
Noxious Weed List and Composite
list Provides a summary of noxious status for all listed plants in the U.S.
Animal and Plant and Health Inspection Service.
Scroll to view federal quarantine information
under Information Resource section.
Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (Dec 29, 2000; PDF | 259 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Plants for Planting Manual Interim Edition (2013; PDF | 2.9 MB)
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine. 09/2013-23.
The Plants for Planting Manual provides the background, procedures, and reference tables for regulating imported articles of plants and vegetative parts that are for or capable of propagation, including buds, bulbs, corms, cuttings, layers, pollen, scions, seeds, tissue, tubers, and like structures.
Oregon State University. National Pesticide Telecommunications Network.
Laws and Regulations
National Plant Board.
Regulations of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Title 7, Subtitle B, Chapter III, 2000 edition.