The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) regulates the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health, or to animal or plant programs. 

Use of Select Agents and Toxins is highly regulated because of the dangers they pose. The FSAP is managed jointly by:

  • The Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • The Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

The Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety provides the University oversight (Responsible Official) required by federal laws & regulations. EHRS approval is required for all transfers (intramural or extramural) and destruction of Select Agents and Toxins.