Biological Select Agents and Toxins are a specific class of research that includes organisms, viruses and toxins that could be weaponized and used as a biological weapon. The agents, artificial derivitives, genetic elements, or nucleic acids of any agent or agent vaccine are tightly regulated and possession of such material without registration, bonafide need or notification of the proper authorities is a violoation of Federal Law, punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
All proposed work with select agents is dependent on IBC approval which is also contingent on registration with the Federal Select Agent Program, initial site inspections by EH&S and possibly the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Security measures must be considered for the area of intended research which includes but may not be limited to the following items:
*Note all programs and corresponding plans can be found on the Programs page
Crime to knowingly possess a biological agent, toxin, delivery system for use as a weapon.
Crime to knowingly possess a biological agent, toxin or delivery system if not for peaceful, bona fide or prophylactic research purposes.
Crime to knowingly possess select agent, regardless of intent, if not registered with U.S. Select Agent Program.
Crime to produce, engineer, or synthesize smallpox.
Enhances ability to seize assests of those with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Intent
Crime to teach or demonstrate the making or use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD)
Crime to use (or conspire, threaten, or attempt to use) a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD)
A template biosafety plan compliant with Select Agents and Tier 1 Select Agents is available through EH&S and includes working SOP's. The template must be completed, properly formatted and submitted to EH&S for final review prior to preparing a registration to the Federal Select Agents Program or a submission to the IBC.
A template security plan is available for Select Agents and an ammendment is available for Tier 1 Select Agents and can be obtained through EH&S. The template must be completed, properly formatted and submitted to EH&S for review.
A template incident response plan is available for Select Agents and for Tier 1 Select Agents and can be obtained through EH&S. The template must be completed, properly formatted and submitted to EH&S for review.
A copy of the EH&S Tier 1 Pre-access Suitability Plan is available for review below and outlines the requirements and policies associated with bringing new authorized users into the select agent program for Tier 1 BSATs. Tier 1 Pre-access Suitability Plan
A copy of the EH&S Tier 1 Ongoing Suitability Plan is available for review below and outlines the requirements and policies associated with maintaining the Tier 1 BSAT program. All employees are subjected to routine ongoing assessments. Tier 1 Ongoing Suitability Plan
Please visit the Programs section to view an active listing of current programs and written plans. Please note that due to the sensativity of Select Agent Research, some documentation may only be available by contacting EH&S.