Select Agent Program



 The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, the Law requires the DHHS and USDA to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents or toxins (i.e., select agents and toxins) that could pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or animal or plant products.  The federal law requires that all persons possessing select agents or toxins register with the appropriate federal agency.

On March 18, 2005, final Select Agent Regulations (42 CFR Part 73, 7 CFR Part 331, 9 CFR Part 221) were published in the Federal Register by the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Agriculture (USDA) governing facilities that possess, use or transfer select agents and toxins.  The federal mandate was effective on April 18, 2005.

The Office of Biosafety provides the oversight (Responsible Official) for the University’s Select Agent Program.  The Responsible Official ensures that the university is compliant with all federal laws and regulations that govern the possession, use and transfer of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, to animal and plant health, or to animal and plant products.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Biosafety at 504-988-0300.

Office of Biosafety, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-0300