Editor's Note:  The following email was sent to industry stakeholders today explaining the decertification process the USDA will take against HIOs that do not accept the mandatory penalties.  One HIO, the SHOW HIO, has filed a complaint and is challenging the new rule in federal court in Fort Worth, TX.

The Department has received many questions on the Horse Industry Organization (HIO) Designated Qualified Persons (DQP) decertification (revocation) process within this past week.  We have developed the following document along with the provided flowchart to assist our stakeholders and regulated entities in understanding the process.

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