Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel: Recommendations Concerning the Select Agent Program   [open pdf - 253KB]

"The Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel (FESAP), created by Executive Order (E.O.) 13546, 'Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the United States,' was asked to provide consensus recommendations to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) and the Attorney General related to security of the biological select agents and toxins (BSAT) as defined in the Select Agent Regulations (42 CFR Part 73, 9 CFR Part 121, and 7 CFR Part 331.) This document provides recommendations to the HHS and USDA Select Agent Programs (SAP) on the following issues identified in the E.O.: 1. the designation of Tier 1 BSAT; 2. reduction in the number of BSAT on the Select Agent List; 3. the establishment of appropriate practices to ensure reliability of personnel with access to Tier 1 BSAT at registered facilities; 4. the establishment of appropriate practices for physical and cyber security for facilities that possess Tier 1 BSAT; and 5. other emerging policy issues relevant to the security of BSAT."

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