The Federal Select Agent Program is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services/ Agriculture Select Agent Services. The Federal Select Agent Program oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products. The Program greatly enhances the nation’s oversight of the safety and security of select agents by:

  • Developing, implementing, and enforcing the Select Agent Regulations
  • Maintaining a national database
  • Inspecting entities that possess, use, or transfer select agents
  • Ensuring that all individuals who work with these agents undergo a security risk assessment performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Criminal Justice Information Service
  • Providing guidance to regulated entities on achieving compliance to the regulations through the development of guidance documents, conducting workshops and webinars
  • Investigation of any incidents in which non-compliance may have occurred

If you have any questions or comments about the program, website or forms, contact lrsat@cdc.gov.

Anonymous Reporting

The Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintains a confidential hotline for you to report safety, security, or other concerns associated with select agents and toxins. When reporting these issues to OIG, please ensure that you indicate it is a “Select Agent/Import Permit Complaint" issue. Thank you.

OIG Hotline contact information:

Voice: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477)
Fax: 1-800-223-8164
Office of Inspector General
Department of Health & Human Services
Attn: Hotline
P.O. Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026