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Select Agent Information

On This Page:

    Inter-Agency Task Force
    Laws and Policies
    Guidelines and Resources
    Monitoring and Oversight for NIH Awards
    Select Agent Programs


This page provides the NIH awards process for research involving infectious agents and select agents, including submissions, awards, monitoring and oversight. This page also clarifies the processes and responsibilities for investigations of laboratory accidents, research-related illnesses and potential Biosafety violations.

Inter-Agency Task Force

The role of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Select Agents:

  • Delineate the process for NIH grants for research with infectious/select agents (SA), including:
    • Submission
    • Award
    • Monitoring
    • Oversight
  • Clarify the process for investigations of:
    • Laboratory Accidents
    • Research-related illness
    • Potential Biosafety violations
  • Determine if changes in NIH policies and procedures need to be made

Task Force Member Contact List, December 2, 2005 (MS Word - 42 KB)

Laws and Policies

  • HR 3448: Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act, January 23, 2002 (PDF - 971 KB)
  • USA Patriot Act of 2001, October 26, 2001 (PDF - 908 KB)
  • Code of Federal Regulations:
    7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121
    USDA Possession Use and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins
    PDF - 33 KB
    29 CFR Part 1910-1030 Bloodborne Pathogens HTML
    PDF - 808 KB
    29 CFR Part 1910-1450 Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories HTML
    PDF - 516 KB
    42 CFR Part 72 Additional Requirements for Facilities Transferring or Receiving Select Agents PDF - 200 KB
    42 CFR Part 73 and 42 CFR Part 1003 HHS Possession Use and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins PDF - 255 KB
    49 CFR Part 171 DOT Hazardous Materials – Revision to Standards for Infectious Substances PDF - 231 KB
    49 CFR Part 171.15 Immediate Notice of Certain Hazardous Materials Incidents PDF - 78 KB
  • U.S. Code:
    18 USC Part 175 Prohibitions with respect to Biological Weapons HTML
    18 USC Part 175a Requests for Military Assistance to Enforce Prohibition in Certain Emergencies HTML
    18 USC Part 175b Possession by Restricted Persons HTML
    18 USC Part 2332a Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction HTML
    42 USC Part 262a Enhanced Control of Dangerous Biological Agents and Toxins HTML
    42 USC Part 4321-4347 National Environmental Policy Act HTML

  • CDC Select Agent List (PDF - 57 KB)
  • NIH Grants Policy Statement: Select Agent Requirements, December 2003 (HTML) or (PDF - 99 KB)

Guidelines and Resources

Monitoring and Oversight for NIH Awards


Select Agent Programs

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