As a consequence of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed and the President signed the USA PATRIOT Act on October 26, 2001 which affects the possession of "Select Agents", biological agents and toxins determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)/APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) to have bioterrorism potential. This legislation extends previous regulations that restricted the transport, but not the possession of these agents.
Due to ongoing national concerns regarding the security and possession of "Select Agents", additional legislation entitled the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act was passed and signed into law on June 12, 2002. Regulations implementing this law became effective February 7, 2003 and include many new provisions such as: a revised list of Select Agents; registration with the Centers for Disease Control to possess Select Agents; submission of names of individuals with access to Select Agents to Department of Justice for security clearance; development of security and safety plans; record keeping (including inventory) and training; and significant criminal penalties that extend to individuals for failure to comply.
If you possess Select Agents OR intend to perform future research or work involving any Select Agent, you must immediately inform the Biological Safety Officer, or call 852-6670, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
- The possession, transport and acquisition of Select Agent organisms and specified quantities of toxins requires registration with Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control (CDC) prior to possession. If you possess Select Agents OR intend to perform future research or work involving any Select Agent, you must immediately inform the Biological Safety Officer, or call 852-6670, so that appropriate arrangements can be made
- The US Patriot Act of 2001 established eligibility criteria for persons who have possession and/or access to the biological agents and toxins known as "Select Agents." A UofL USA PATRIOT Act Employee Compliance Form must be completed and signed in the presence of a DEHS representative prior to obtaining any Select Agent organism or toxin.
- The intended use of all biological agents and Select Agents in particular, requires university registration with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Registration with UofL's IBC assists the investigator in understanding these regulatory requirements, avoiding liability and fines and ensures the safe use of the agents.
- UofL's Select Agent authorized user verification and monthly inventory process is required for all users of Select Agent organisms or toxins.