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Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins; Interim Final Rule

Federal Register, December 13, 2002, Page 76885


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Inspector General, HHS.


Interim final rule.


This document establishes requirements regarding possession and use in the United States, receipt from outside the United States, and transfer within the United States, of select agents and toxins. This includes requirements concerning registration, security risk assessments, safety plans, security plans, emergency response plans, training, transfers, record keeping, inspections, and notifications. This document also contains delegations of authority to the Office of Inspector General concerning civil money penalties. The interim final rule implements provisions of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 and is designed to provide protection against misuse of select agents and toxins whether inadvertent or the result of terrorist acts against the United States homeland (such as the recent terrorist acts involving anthrax) or other criminal acts. In addition and in accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, the Department of Agriculture is establishing, by separate regulation, standards and procedures governing the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have been determined to have the potential to pose a severe threat to both human and animal health, to animal health, to plant health, or to animal and plant products. This action is necessary to protect animal and plant health, and animal and plant products.


The interim final rule is effective as of February 7, 2003. However, for dates of specific applicability see Sec. 73.0. Written comments must be submitted on or before February 11, 2003. The final rule will be published after consideration of the comments.


Select Agent Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., E-79, Atlanta, GA 30333. Comments may be e-mailed to: SAPcomments@CDC.GOV.

Further Information

Minh Thomas, Select Agent Program, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., MS E-79, Atlanta, GA 30333. (404) 498-2259.