Select agents and toxins are high-consequence agents that pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health.
The CDC and USDA maintain a list of select agents and toxins and restrict the possession of such agents. There are criminal and civil penalties for unauthorized possession, use or transfer of a select agent.
To initiate research involving select agents or toxins, contact the Office of Biosafety.
Policies & Guidelines
- Select Agent & Toxin, Final Rule – HHS (42 CFR part 73) Final 2012-12-4
- Select Agent & Toxin, Final Rule – USDA-Agriculture (7 CFR part 331) Final 2012-12-4
- Select Agent & Toxin, Final Rule – USDA-Animals and Animal Products (9 CFR part 121) Final 2012-12-4
For all UGA biosafety/biosecurity assurance concerns:
UGA Responsible Official
(phone calls can be handled anonymously)
The University of Georgia, HHS Office of Inspector General and USDA Office of Inspector General each provide a confidential / anonymous mechanism for you to report safety, security and other concerns associated with select agents and toxins. When reporting issues, indicate it is a “Select Agent Program” issue.
UGA Compliance, Ethics and Reporting
HHS Office of Inspector General
USDA Office of Inspector General