The Federal Select Agent Program regulates all work with select agents and toxins, including possession, use and transfer. Researchers at the UW working with select agents and toxins are required to enroll in the UW Select Agent Program before they can begin work.
Select agents and toxins can pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. The Federal Select Agent Program is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services. At the UW, EH&S oversees and administers the UW Select Agent Program.
Working with select agents and toxins requires higher scrutiny and increased responsibility for biosecurity. Researchers in the UW Select Agent Program must comply with all components of the program, including federal security clearance, ongoing training, inventory management and authorization. The Federal Select Agent Program website has more information about personnel restrictions, agent registration, laboratory security requirements, and strict criteria to receive or transfer select agents and toxins.
Failure to comply with the Select Agent regulations is considered a violation of federal law and may be associated with criminal and civil liability.