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Fiscal Year 2007 Veterinary Diagnostic Services User Fees and Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection User Fees

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice pertains to user fees for certain veterinary diagnostic services and to fees charged for agricultural quarantine and inspection services that are provided in connection with certain commercial vessels, commercial trucks, loaded commercial railroad cars, commercial aircraft, and international airline passengers arriving at ports in the Customs territory of the United States. The purpose of this notice is to remind the public of the user fees for fiscal year 2007 (October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For information concerning veterinary diagnostic program operations, contact Dr. Lee Ann Thomas, Director, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-3277.

For information concerning Agricultural Quarantine program operations, contact Mr. William E. Thomas, Director for Quarantine Policy, Analysis and Support, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-5214.

For information concerning user fee rate development, contact Mrs. Kris Caraher, Section Head, User Fees Section, Financial Systems and Services Branch, MRPBS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 55, Riverdale, MD 20737-1232; (301) 734-5901.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Veterinary Diagnostic Services User Fees

User fees to reimburse APHIS for the costs of providing veterinary diagnostic services are contained in 9 CFR part 130 (referred to below as the regulations). These user fees are authorized by section 2509(c) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, as amended (21 U.S.C. 136a), which provides that the Secretary of Agriculture may, among other things, prescribe regulations and collect fees to recover the costs of veterinary diagnostics relating to the control and eradication of communicable disease of livestock or poultry within the United States.

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2004 (69 FR 25305-25312, Docket No. 00-024-2), and effective June 7, 2004, we established, for fiscal years 2004 through 2007 and beyond, user fees for certain veterinary diagnostic services, including certain diagnostic tests, reagents, and other veterinary diagnostic materials and services. Veterinary diagnostics is the work performed in a laboratory to determine if a disease-causing organism or chemical agent is present in body tissues or cells and, if so, to identify those organisms or agents. Services in this category include: (1) Performing identification, serology, and pathobiology tests and providing diagnostic reagents and other veterinary diagnostic materials and services at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, IA; and (2) performing laboratory tests and providing diagnostic reagents and other veterinary diagnostic materials and services at the NVSL Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NVSL FADDL) in Greenport, NY.

APHIS veterinary diagnostic user fees fall into six categories:

(1) Laboratory tests, reagents, and other veterinary diagnostic services performed at NVSL FADDL;

(2) Laboratory tests performed as part of isolation and identification testing at NVSL in Ames;

(3) Laboratory tests performed as part of serology testing at NVSL in Ames;

(4) Laboratory tests performed at the pathobiology laboratory at NVSL in Ames;

(5) Diagnostic reagents produced at NVSL in Ames or other authorized sites; and

(6) Other veterinary diagnostic services or materials provided at NVSL in Ames.

As specified in § 130.14(a), the user fees for diagnostic reagents provided by NVSL FADDL for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

ReagentUnitUser fee
Bovine antiserum, any agent1 mL$165.00
Caprine antiserum, any agent1 mL202.00
Cell culture antigen/microorganism1 mL111.00
Equine antiserum, any agent1 mL204.00
Fluorescent antibody conjugate1 mL179.00
Guinea pig antiserum, any agent1 mL200.00
Monoclonal antibody1 mL243.00
Ovine antiserum, any agent1 mL193.00
Porcine antiserum, any agent1 mL167.00
Rabbit antiserum, any agent1 mL196.00

As specified in § 130.14(b), the user fees for veterinary diagnostic tests performed at NVSL FADDL for fiscal year 2007 are as follows: Start Printed Page 52053

TestUnitUser fee
Agar gel immunodiffusionTest$33.00
CardTest18.00
Complement fixationTest40.00
Direct immunofluorescent antibodyTest25.00
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assayTest29.00
Fluorescent antibody neutralization (classical swine fever)Test215.00
Hemagglutination inhibitionTest63.00
ImmunoperoxidaseTest32.00
Indirect fluorescent antibodyTest39.00
In-vitro safetyTest630.00
In-vivo safetyTest5,509.00
Latex agglutinationTest26.00
Tube agglutinationTest30.00
Virus isolation (oesophageal/pharyngeal)Test199.00
Virus isolation in embryonated eggsTest383.00
Virus isolation, otherTest171.00
Virus neutralizationTest58.00

As specified in § 130.14(c), the user fees for other veterinary diagnostic services performed at NVSL FADDL for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

Veterinary diagnostic serviceUnitUser fee
Bacterial isolationTest$123.00
Hourly user fee services 1Hour492.00
Hourly user fee services—Quarter hourQuarter hour123.00
Infected cells on chamber slides or platesSlide53.00
Reference animal tissues for immunohistochemistrySet187.00
Sterilization by gamma radiationCan1,923.00
Training (school or technical assistance)Per person per day1,006.00
Virus titrationTest123.00
1 For all veterinary diagnostic services for which there is no flat rate user fee, the hourly rate user fee will be calculated for the actual time required to provide the service.

As specified in § 130.15(a), the user fees for bacteriology isolation and identification tests performed at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or other authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Bacterial identification, automatedIsolate$53.00
Bacterial identification, non-automatedIsolate90.00
Bacterial isolationSample36.00
Bacterial serotyping, all otherIsolate55.00
Bacterial serotyping, Pasteurella multocidaIsolate18.00
Bacterial serotyping, SalmonellaIsolate36.00
Bacterial toxin typingIsolate120.00
Bacteriology requiring special characterizationTest92.00
DNA fingerprintingTest59.00
DNA/RNA probeTest83.00
Fluorescent antibodyTest19.00
Mycobacterium identification (biochemical)Isolate114.00
Mycobacterium identification (gas chromatography)Procedure96.00
Mycobacterium isolation, animal inoculationsSubmission837.00
Mycobacterium isolation, all otherSubmission151.00
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis isolationSubmission72.00
Phage typing, all otherIsolate42.00
Phage typing, Salmonella enteritidisIsolate24.00

As specified in § 130.15(b), the user fees for virology identification tests performed at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or other authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Fluorescent antibody tissue sectionTest$29.00
Virus isolationTest48.00
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As specified in § 130.16(a), the user fees for bacteriology serology tests performed at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or other authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Brucella ring (BRT)Test$36.00
Brucella ring, heat inactivated (HIRT)Test36.00
Brucella ring, serial (Serial BRT)Test54.00
Buffered acidified plate antigen presumptiveTest7.00
CardTest4.00
Complement fixationTest16.00
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assayTest16.00
Indirect fluorescent antibodyTest14.00
Microscopic agglutination—includes up to 5 serovarsSample24.00
Microscopic agglutination—each serovar in excess of 5 serovarsSample4.00
Particle concentration fluorescent immunoassay (PCFIA)Test36.00
PlateTest7.00
Rapid automated presumptiveTest7.00
RivanolTest7.00
Tube agglutinationTest7.00

As specified in § 130.16(b), the user fees for virology serology tests performed at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or at authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Agar gel immunodiffusionTest$16.00
Complement fixationTest16.00
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assayTest16.00
Hemagglutination inhibitionTest14.00
Indirect fluorescent antibodyTest14.00
Latex agglutinationTest16.00
Peroxidase linked antibodyTest15.00
Plaque reduction neutralizationTest18.00
Rabies fluorescent antibody neutralizationTest45.00
Virus neutralizationTest13.00

As specified in § 130.17(a), the user fees for veterinary diagnostic tests performed at the Pathobiology Laboratory at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or at authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Aflatoxin quantitationTest$30.00
Aflatoxin screenTest29.00
Agar gel immunodiffusion spp. identificationTest13.00
Antibiotic (bioautography) quantitationTest65.00
Antibiotic (bioautography) screenTest119.00
Antibiotic inhibitionTest65.00
ArsenicTest17.00
Ergot alkaloid screenTest65.00
Ergot alkaloid confirmationTest86.00
Feed microscopyTest65.00
Fumonisin onlyTest37.00
GossypolTest98.00
MercuryTest145.00
Metals screenTest44.00
Metals single element confirmationTest13.00
Mycotoxin aflatoxin-liverTest119.00
Mycotoxin screenTest48.00
Nitrate/nitriteTest65.00
Organic compound confirmationTest88.00
Organic compound screenTest151.00
ParasitologyTest29.00
Pesticide quantitationTest132.00
Pesticide screenTest60.00
pHTest26.00
Plate cylinderTest98.00
SeleniumTest44.00
Silicate/carbonate disinfectantTest65.00
Temperature disksTest130.00
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Toxicant quantitation, otherTest110.00
Toxicant screen, otherTest33.00
Vomitoxin onlyTest53.00
Water activityTest33.00
Zearaleone quantitationTest53.00
Zearaleone screenTest29.00

As specified in § 130.18(a), the user fees for bacteriology reagents produced by the Diagnostic Bacteriology Laboratory at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or other authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

ReagentUnitUser fee
Anaplasma card test antigen2 mL$95.00
Anaplasma card test kit without antigenKit127.00
Anaplasma CF antigen2 mL46.00
Anaplasma stabilate4.5 mL175.00
Avian origin bacterial antiserums1 mL47.00
Bacterial agglutinating antigens other than brucella and salmonella pullorum5 mL54.00
Bacterial conjugates1 mL96.00
Bacterial disease CF antigens, all other1 mL29.00
Bacterial ELISA antigens1 mL29.00
Bacterial or protozoal, antiserums, all other1 mL60.00
Bacterial reagent culture 1Culture73.00
Bacterial reference culture 2Culture228.00
Bacteriophage reference cultureCulture172.00
Bovine serum factor1 mL18.00
Brucella abortus CF antigen60 mL151.00
Brucella agglutination antigens, all other60 mL151.00
Brucella buffered plate antigen60 mL172.00
Brucella canis tube antigen25 mL109.00
Brucella card test antigen (packaged)Package90.00
Brucella card test kit without antigenKit113.00
Brucella cellsGram18.00
Brucella cells, driedPellet6.00
Brucella ring test antigen60 mL241.00
Brucella rivanol solution60 mL29.00
Dourine CF antigen1 mL89.00
Dourine stabilate4.5 mL109.00
Equine and bovine origin babesia species antiserums1 mL127.00
Equine negative control CF antigen1 mL281.00
Flazo-orange3 mL13.00
Glanders CF antigen1 mL77.00
Hemoparasitic disease CF antigens, all other1 mL540.00
Leptospira transport medium10 mL4.00
Monoclonal antibody1 mL95.00
Mycobacterium spp. old tuberculin1 mL24.00
Mycobacterium spp. PPD1 mL18.00
Mycoplasma hemagglutination antigens5 mL180.00
Negative control serums1 mL18.00
Rabbit origin bacterial antiserum1 mL52.00
Salmonella pullorum microagglutination antigen5 mL15.00
Stabilates, all other4.5 mL678.00
1 A reagent culture is a bacterial culture that has been subcultured one or more times after being tested for purity and identity. It is intended for use as a reagent with a diagnostic test such as the leptospiral microagglutination test.
2 A reference culture is a bacterial culture that has been thoroughly tested for purity and identity. It should be suitable as a master seed for future cultures.

As specified in § 130.18(b), the user fees for virology reagents produced by the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or at authorized sites for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

ReagentUnitUser fee
Antigen, except avian influenza and chlamydia psittaci antigens, any2 mL$61.00
Avian antiserum except avian influenza antiserum, any2 mL48.00
Avian influenza antigen, any2 mL33.00
Avian influenza antiserum, any6 mL103.00
Bovine or ovine serum, any2 mL127.00
Cell cultureFlask151.00
Chlamydia psittaci spp. of origin monoclonal antibody panelPanel95.00
Conjugate, any1 mL73.00
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Diluted positive control serum, any2 mL24.00
Equine antiserum, any2 mL45.00
Monoclonal antibody1 mL102.00
Other spp. antiserum, any1 mL52.00
Porcine antiserum, any2 mL105.00
Porcine tissue setsTissue set157.00
Positive control tissues, all2 cm2 section60.00
Rabbit origin antiserum1 mL52.00
Reference virus, any0.6 mL180.00
Viruses (except reference viruses), chlamydia psittaci agent or chlamydia psittaci antigen, any0.6 mL30.00

As specified in § 130.19(a), the user fees for other veterinary diagnostic services or materials available from NVSL (excluding FADDL) for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

ServiceUnitUser fee
Antimicrobial susceptibility testIsolate$105.00
Avian safety testTest4,075.00
Check tests, cultureKit 1176.00
Check tests, serology, all otherKit 1361.00
Fetal bovine serum safety testVerification1,114.00
Hourly user fee services: 2
HourHour84.00
Quarter hourQuarter hour21.00
Minimum25.00
Manual, brucellosis culture1 copy114.00
Manual, tuberculosis culture (English or Spanish)1 copy172.00
Manual, Veterinary mycology1 copy172.00
Manuals or standard operating procedure (SOP), all other1 copy34.00
Manuals or SOP, per page1 page2.00
Training (school or technical assistance)Per person per day331.00
1 Any reagents required for the check test will be charged separately.
2 For veterinary diagnostic services for which there is no flat rate user fee the hourly rate user fee will be calculated for the actual time required to provide the service.

Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services User Fees

User fees to reimburse APHIS for the costs of providing inspections of certain commercial conveyances are found in 7 CFR part 354 (referred to below as the regulations). These user fees are authorized by Section 2509(a) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (21 U.S.C. 136a), which authorizes APHIS to collect user fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) services.

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2004 (69 FR 71660-71683, Docket No. 04-042-1), and effective January 1, 2005, we established, for fiscal years 2005 through 2010 and beyond, user fees for each of the types of conveyances or persons to whom AQI services are provided, i.e., commercial vessels (watercraft), commercial trucks, loaded commercial railroad cars, commercial aircraft, and international airline passengers. The regulations provide specific information regarding the applicability of, and exceptions to, AQI user fees. As specified in 7 CFR 354.3, the user fees for these AQI services for fiscal year 2007 are as follows:

ServiceUnitAmount
Inspection of commercial vessels of 100 net tons or more (see 7 CFR 354.3(b))Per entry 1$490.00
Inspection of commercial trucks (see 7 CFR 354.3(c))Per entry 25.25
Inspection of commercial railroad cars (see 7 CFR 354.3(d))Per entry 37.75
Inspection of commercial aircraft (see 7 CFR 354.3(e))Per entry70.50
Inspection of international aircraft passengers (see 7 CFR 354.3(f))Per entry5.00
1 Not to exceed 15 payments in a calendar year (i.e., no additional fee will be charged for a 16th or subsequent arrival in a calendar year).
2 A prepaid AQI permit valid for 1 calendar year may be obtained for an amount 20 times the AQI user fee for each arrival ($105.00 from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007).
3 The AQI user fee may be prepaid for all arrivals of a commercial railroad car during a calendar year for an amount 20 times the AQI user fee for each arrival ($155.00 from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007).
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Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of August 2006.

Kevin Shea,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. E6-14562 Filed 8-31-06; 8:45 am]

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