New regs for Friday: Cybersecurity, farmers, gas

Friday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new cybersecurity guidelines for medical devices and quarantine rules for farmers.

Here’s what is happening:

Cybersecurity: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new cybersecurity guidelines for medical devices.

The manufacturers of medical devices would be responsible for postmark cybersecurity management, including identifying, addressing and monitoring vulnerabilities.

"A growing number of medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care,” the FDA wrote. "Networked medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The exploitation of vulnerabilities may represent a risk to the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and typically requires continual maintenance throughout the product life cycle to assure an adequate degree of protection against such exploits. Proactively addressing cybersecurity risks in medical devices reduces the patient safety impact and the overall risk to public health."

The public has 90 days to comment.

Farmers: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is moving forward with new regulations for black stem rust.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced new quarantine procedures for nine varieties of rust-resistant Berberis species.

"Black stem rust is one of the most destructive plant diseases of small grains that is known to exist in the United States,” the agency wrote. "The disease is caused by a fungus (Puccinia graminis) that reduces the quality and yield of infected wheat, oat, barley, and rye crops."

The rule goes into effect in 60 days.

Gas: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering correcting a mistake made in its standards for wholesale gas.

The FERC proposed the minor correction Thursday.

The public has until Feb. 10 to comment.

Food labeling: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering correcting a mistake made in its gluten-free food labeling guidelines for fermented foods.

The FDA issued the draft guidance in November but is now looking to correct a minor error. 

The public has 30 days to comment.