Select Agents Summary

Rules for Possession, Use and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins

The Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture have released final rules for the registration of possession, use and transfer of select agents and toxins. The rules, which implement provisions of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, have been in effect since February 7, 2003. The requirements for registration include a Department of Justice security risk assessment for individuals who have access to the listed agents and toxins. Individuals who are determined to meet the criteria of a "restricted person" as defined in the Act will not be approved for access. If you need more information on the use of select agents and toxins at Stony Brook University or have other questions about this new legislation, contact Environmental Health and Safety. Copies of the rules are available at the National Select Agent Registry.

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Some exemptions continue to apply such as those agents contained in specimens for diagnosis. Contact Environmental Health and Safety for assistance in determining if materials are exempt or restricted.

Additional details on inspections, recordkeeping, required notifications to the RO of modifications of work and provisions for civil and criminal penalties may be found in the Final Rules.

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