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Federal Regulations for Facilities Receiving or Transferring Select Agents

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) published final rules for the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins (42 C.F.R. Part 73, 7 C.F.R. Part 331, and 9 C.F.R. Part 121) on March 18, 2005.  These rules define a list of biohazardous agents that require laboratory facilities that receive (house) or transfer (ship) the selected infectious agents, toxins, or recombinant organisms/molecules appearing on the list, to register with the CDC or the USDA. The rule sets up procedures for the registration of facilities, assigns a unique registration number to each facility, and requires that transfer of the selected infectious agents, toxins, or recombinants can only be made if the source and recipient are registered.

Additional information can be obtained through the CDC website:



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