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