The National Reptile & Amphibian Advisory Council (NRAAC) is a not-for-profit educational organization, staffed and run by volunteers, dedicated to producing an annual symposium on laws, rules, and regulations regarding reptiles and amphibians at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Our goal is bringing together people interested in reptiles, amphibians, and the law, whether they are pet owners, breeders, stores, businesses, rescues, rehabiltators, educators, researchers, zoological institutions, herpetolgical organizations, or government agencies,to discuss the impact of law and regulation on the keeping, breeding, care, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. To get involved, please join our working group on Facebook.
The reptile and amphibian law symposium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., cancelled due to the federal government shutdown, has been rescheduled for March 7-9, 2014, at the same location.
Speakers, panelists, and schedules for the event are being revised to include new panelists unavailable for the original date, as well new topics brought forward by the FDA's decision to regulate the pet food marketplace.
Registrants, panelists, and speakers of the 2013 event will be contacted to confirm they will be attending the 2014 symposium, and need not register again.
Co-hosted by the National Reptile and Amphibian Advisory Council (NRAAC), Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) and the George Washington University (GWU) School of Law, this free event will be the only reptile and amphibian law symposium scheduled by those groups in 2014.
A revised schedule and panelist list will be posted for the 2014 event within the next few weeks as we confirm panelists and topics. To register for the free 2014 reptile and amphibian law symposium at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on March 7-9, 2014, please use the online registration form at here, and make sure to check back for future updates. You can also follow NRAAC on Facebook and Twitter.
In response to increased food safety and quality incidents in the pet and animal food industry, the FDA this morning moved to regulate pet foods, including their production, manufacture, and importation.
The proposal is available for viewing at the Federal Register, and is open for public comment for 120 days. If the proposal passes, the FDA would be responsible for regulating the production of feed for millions of farm animals as well as pet food. It has yet to be determined what specific impact the regulations will have on the production of feeder animals and insects for the herpetoculture community, but as similar problems have surfaced there, the reptile and amphibian community should not expect to be excluded.
From the proposal:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing regulations for domestic and foreign facilities that are required to register under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) to establish requirements for current good manufacturing practice in manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding of animal food. FDA also is proposing regulations to require that certain facilities establish and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for food for animals.
FDA is taking this action to provide greater assurance that animal food is safe and will not cause illness or injury to animals or humans and is intended to build an animal food safety system for the future that makes modern, science and risk-based preventive controls the norm across all sectors of the animal food system.
Even with the prospect of resolution of the federal shutdown in the near future, the co-hosting organizations have determined it will be impossible to hold the 2013 National Reptile & Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop November 8-10 in Washington, D.C.
After many weeks of discussion between the event co-hosts, it has been decided that it would be better to re-schedule than to attempt to put together the event this year, even in a reduced format.
As at last year's event, many of the confirmed speakers and panelists for the 2013 event were to be representatives of federal agencies, all of which have been directly impacted by the shutdown. Whether it was D.C.-based agencies such as the US Fish & Wildlfe Service that were unable to submit panelists or coordinate topics, or agencies that would have to travel such as the FDA and CDC, the time remaining is just not enough to co-ordinate the myriad details of an event of this size and nature.
Once these agencies and their representatives have returned from the shutdown, we will coordinate with them and the co-hosts of the event, AZA, PIJAC, USARK, ARAV, NRAAC, and George Washington University, to re-schedule the event in D.C. for early 2014
For more information on the re-scheduled National Reptile & Amphibian Law Symposium & Workshop in Washington, D.C., when it becomes available, please visit our website at http://nraac.org.
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