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Fiscal Year 2009 Veterinary Diagnostics 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 charged for certain veterinary diagnostics 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 2009 (October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For information concerning veterinary diagnostic program operations, contact Dr. Elizabeth Lautner, Director, National Veterinary Services Laboratories, VS, APHIS, 1800 Dayton Avenue, Ames, IA 50010; (515) 663-7301.

For information on 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 Management Division, MRPBS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 55, Riverdale, MD20737-1232; (301) 734-0882.

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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 diseases of livestock and poultry within the United States.

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2007 (72 FR 71744-71750, Docket No. APHIS-2006-0161), and effective January 18, 2008, we established, for fiscal years 2008 through 2012 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 whether 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 for the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, IA; and (2) performing laboratory tests and providing 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 or other authorized sites;

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

(4) Laboratory tests performed at the pathobiology laboratory at NVSL in Ames or other authorized sites;

(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 § 130.15(a), the user fees for bacteriology isolation and identification tests performed at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or other authorized sites for fiscal year 2009 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Bacterial identification, automatedIsolate$54.00
Bacterial identification, non-automatedIsolate92.00
Bacterial isolationSample37.00
Bacterial serotyping, all otherIsolate56.00
Bacterial serotyping, Pasteurella multocidaIsolate19.00
Bacterial serotyping, SalmonellaIsolate37.00
Bacterial toxin typingIsolate123.00
Bacteriology requiring special characterizationTest94.00
DNA fingerprintingTest61.00
DNA probeTest85.00
Fluorescent antibodyTest19.00
Mycobacterium identification (biochemical)Isolate117.00
Mycobacterium identification (gas chromatography)Procedure99.00
Mycobacterium isolation, animal inoculationsSubmission852.00
Mycobacterium isolation, all otherSubmission154.00
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis isolationSubmission74.00
Phage typing, all otherIsolate43.00
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 2009 are as follows:Start Printed Page 50589

TestUnitUser fee
Fluorescent antibody tissue sectionTest$30.00
Virus isolationTest49.00

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 2009 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Brucella ring (BRT)Test$37.00
Brucella ring, heat inactivated (HIRT)Test37.00
Brucella ring, serial (Serial BRT)Test56.00
Buffered acidified plate antigen presumptiveTest7.25
CardTest4.00
Complement fixationTest17.00
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assayTest17.00
Indirect fluorescent antibodyTest15.00
Microscopic agglutination—includes up to 5 serovarsSample24.00
Microscopic agglutination—each serovar in excess of 5 serovarsSample4.50
Particle concentration fluorescent immunoassay (PCFIA)Test37.00
PlateTest7.25
Rapid automated presumptiveTest7.00
RivanolTest7.25
Tube agglutinationTest7.25

As specified in § 130.16(b), the user fees for virology serology tests performed at NVSL (excluding FADDL) or other authorized sites for fiscal year 2009 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Agar gel immunodiffusionTest$17.00
Complement fixationTest17.00
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assayTest17.00
Hemagglutination inhibitionTest15.00
Indirect fluorescent antibodyTest15.00
Latex agglutinationTest17.00
Peroxidase linked antibodyTest16.00
Plaque reduction neutralizationTest18.00
Rabies fluorescent antibody neutralizationTest46.00
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 other authorized sites for fiscal year 2009 are as follows:

TestUnitUser fee
Aflatoxin quantitationTest$31.00
Aflatoxin screenTest29.00
Agar gel immunodiffusion spp. identificationTest13.00
Antibiotic (bioautography) quantitationTest67.00
Antibiotic (bioautography) screenTest122.00
Antibiotic inhibitionTest67.00
ArsenicTest18.00
Ergot alkaloid screenTest67.00
Ergot alkaloid confirmationTest88.00
Feed microscopyTest67.00
Fumonisin onlyTest38.00
GossypolTest100.00
MercuryTest148.00
Metals screenTest45.00
Metals single element confirmationTest13.00
Mycotoxin: aflatoxin-liverTest122.00
Mycotoxin screenTest49.00
Nitrate/nitriteTest67.00
Organic compound confirmationTest90.00
Organic compound screenTest155.00
ParasitologyTest29.00
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Pesticide quantitationTest135.00
Pesticide screenTest62.00
pHTest27.00
Plate cylinderTest100.00
SeleniumTest45.00
Silicate/carbonate disinfectantTest67.00
Temperature disksTest133.00
Toxicant quantitation, otherTest112.00
Toxicant screen, otherTest33.00
Vomitoxin onlyTest54.00
Water activityTest33.00
Zearaleone quantitationTest54.00
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 2009 are as follows:

ReagentUnitUser fee
Anaplasma card test antigen2 mL$97.00
Anaplasma card test kit without antigenKit130.00
Anaplasma CF antigen2 mL46.00
Anaplasma stabilate4.5 mL178.00
Avian origin bacterial antiserums1 mL49.00
Bacterial agglutinating antigens other than brucella and salmonella pullorum5 mL55.00
Bacterial conjugates1 mL99.00
Bacterial disease CF antigens, all other1 mL30.00
Bacterial ELISA antigens1 mL30.00
Bacterial or protozoal antiserums, all other1 mL61.00
Bacterial reagent culture 1Culture74.00
Bacterial reference culture 2Culture233.00
Bacteriophage reference cultureCulture176.00
Bovine serum factor1 mL18.00
Brucella abortus CF antigen60 mL154.00
Brucella agglutination antigens, all other60 mL154.00
Brucella buffered plate antigen60 mL176.00
Brucella canis tube antigen25 mL116.00
Brucella card test antigen (packaged)Package92.00
Brucella card test kit without antigenKit114.00
Brucella cellsGram19.00
Brucella cells, driedPellet6.00
Brucella ring test antigen60 mL246.00
Brucella rivanol solution60 mL30.00
Dourine CF antigen1 mL91.00
Dourine stabilate4.5 mL111.00
Equine and bovine origin babesia species antiserums1 mL130.00
Equine negative control CF antigen1 mL283.00
Flazo-orange3 mL13.00
Glanders CF antigen1 mL79.00
Hemoparasitic disease CF antigens, all other1 mL553.00
Leptospira transport medium10 mL4.50
Monoclonal antibody1 mL97.00
Mycobacterium spp. old tuberculin1 mL24.00
Mycobacterium spp. PPD1 mL19.00
Mycoplasma hemagglutination antigens5 mL184.00
Negative control serums1 mL19.00
Rabbit origin bacterial antiserum1 mL53.00
Salmonella pullorum microagglutination antigen5 mL16.00
Stabilates, all other4.5 mL690.00
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 agglutination 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 other authorized sites for fiscal year 2009 are as follows:

ReagentUnitUser fee
Antigen, except avian influenza and chlamydia psittaci antigens, any2 mL$62.00
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Avian antiserum except avian influenza antiserum, any2 mL49.00
Avian influenza antigen, any2 mL34.00
Avian influenza antiserum, any6 mL105.00
Bovine or ovine serum, any2 mL130.00
Cell cultureFlask154.00
Chlamydia psittaci spp. of origin monoclonal antibody panelPanel96.00
Conjugate, any1 mL75.00
Diluted positive control serum, any2 mL25.00
Equine antiserum, any2 mL46.00
Monoclonal antibody1 mL104.00
Other spp. antiserum, any1 mL52.00
Porcine antiserum, any2 mL108.00
Porcine tissue setsTissue set157.00
Positive control tissues, all2 cm 2 section62.00
Rabbit origin antiserum1 mL53.00
Reference virus, any0.6 mL184.00
Viruses (except reference viruses), chlamydia psittaci agent or chlamydia psittaci antigen, any0.6 mL31.00

As specified in § 130.19(a), the user fees for other veterinary diagnostic services or materials available from NVSL (excluding FADDL) for fiscal year 2009 are as follows:

ServiceUnitUser fee
Antimicrobial susceptibility testIsolate$107.00
Avian safety testTest4,090.00
Check tests, cultureKit 1179.00
Check tests, serologyKit 1369.00
Fetal bovine serum safety testVerification1,122.00
Hourly user fees 2Hour104.00
Quarter hourQuarter hour26.00
Minimum31.00
Manual, brucellosis culture1 copy117.00
Manual, tuberculosis culture (English or Spanish)1 copy176.00
Manual, Veterinary mycology1 copy176.00
Manuals or standard operating procedure (SOP), all other1 copy35.00
Manuals or SOP, per page1 page2.50
Training (school or technical assistance)Per person per day339.00
1 Any reagents required for the check test will be charged separately.
2 For veterinary diagnostic services for which there is no flat 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 inspection 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, 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 2009 are as follows:

ServiceUnitAmount
Inspection of commercial vessels of 100 net tons or more (see 7 CFR 354.3(b))Per entry 1$494.00
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 entry70.75
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 use fee for each arrival ($105 from October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009).
3 The AQI user fee may be prepaid for all arrival of a commercial railroad car during a calendar year for an amount 20 times the AQI use fee for each arrival ($155 from October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009).
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Done in Washington, DC, this 21st day of August, 2008.

Kevin Shea,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. E8-19864 Filed 8-26-08; 8:45 am]

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