Federal Select Agent Program [website]   [open html - 23KB]

"The Federal Select Agent Program is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services/ Agriculture Select Agent Services. The Federal Select Agent Program oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products. The Program greatly enhances the nation's oversight of the safety and security of select agents by: [1] Developing, implementing, and enforcing the Select Agent Regulations. [2] Maintaining a national database. [3] Inspecting entities that possess, use, or transfer select agents. [4] Ensuring that all individuals who work with these agents undergo a security risk assessment performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Criminal Justice Information Service. [5] Providing guidance to regulated entities on achieving compliance to the regulations through the development of guidance documents, conducting workshops and webinars. [6] Investigation of any incidents in which non-compliance may have occurred."

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