6/3/19 - New FSAP Inspection Checklist App
The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) has developed a new mobile application in order to assist laboratory managers and biosafety personnel in performing internal laboratory inspections. The Federal Select Agent Program Laboratory Examination Tool, or FSAP-LET, contains checklists that are based on federal regulations and biosafety standards used by FSAP inspectors. The checklists cover a variety of areas such as biosafety, security, training, and incident response.
The app is available to download for the following devices:
- On your Android mobile device through the Google Play Store: Google Play Store
- On your Apple device through the App Store: App Store
- On your Windows device through the Microsoft Store: Microsoft Store
Please note that, while the tool is intended to assist laboratories in meeting federal regulations and biosafety standards, it is not all-inclusive. The responsibility to fully adhere to applicable federal regulations remains with the entity using the tool.
For more information, please visit: https://www.selectagents.gov/checklistapp.html.
5/20/17 - Changes to the Agriculture Select Agent Services Director Position
As previously announced, the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) National Director position became vacant on April 1, 2019. Leaders from the Veterinary Services program will serve in the position – re-titled AgSAS Director (removing “National”) – on an acting basis until it is permanently filled.
The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) wishes to thank Dr. Narda Huyke, whose detail ended on May 18, 2019, for her service as AgSAS Director over the past months.
Effective May 19, 2019, Dr. Lisa Dixon has assumed the duties of the AgSAS Director through August 17, 2019. Dr. Dixon graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, and also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Walden University. After completing an equine internal medicine internship at Oklahoma State University, followed by many years of private practice, she entered the federal workforce in 2008. Dr. Dixon served as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian and Enforcement Investigation and Analysis Officer with the Food Safety and Inspection Service, prior to joining the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as a Veterinary Medical Officer in 2013.
Since 2017, Dr. Dixon has served as the Director of Animal Product Imports, within Veterinary Services. As such, she oversees the program responsible for permitting, negotiation, and policymaking for animal product imports. She is also integrally involved in the USDA Approved Establishment Program for Restricted Products, the Cross Functional Working Group for Regulated Garbage, and the Veterinary Services’ National Civil Rights and Diversity Advisory Council.
FSAP will continue to inform the regulated community of further changes to the Acting AgSAS Directors via the FSAP website.
4/02/19 - Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) National Director Position
The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) congratulates Dr. Adis Dijab, previous National Director of the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS), on his recent appointment as Executive Director of Field Operations in Veterinary Services. As pleased as we are for Dr. Dijab, this means that the AgSAS National Director position became vacant effective April 1, 2019. Leaders from the Veterinary Services program will serve as National Director on an acting basis until the position is filled permanently.
Most immediately, Dr. Narda Huyke will provide coverage as acting AgSAS National Director through May 18, 2019. Dr. Huyke received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Illinois. She worked in veterinary pathology, laboratory animal medicine, and research compliance before joining APHIS in 2006. Since then, she has served as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories and the Professional Development Services staffs before joining AgSAS in 2016. Most recently, Dr. Huyke served as the acting Technical Unit Director for AgSAS.
FSAP will continue to inform the regulated community of changes to the Acting National Directors via the FSAP website.
3/27/19 - New FSAP Compliance Infographics
The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) regulates laboratories working with select agents and toxins and helps to ensure that lifesaving research conducted with these potentially dangerous materials is done as safely and securely as possible. While there is always some risk in working with select agents and toxins, our goal is to get as close to zero risk as possible. Unfortunately, incidents do occur, and sometimes serious deficiencies in biosafety or security measures are identified at the laboratories that work with these materials.
The good news is that the vast majority of laboratories are doing well in following the select agent regulations. However, when issues do arise, systems are in place to deal with those situations. Importantly, FSAP can take action in order to protect public, animal, and plant health, using a number of available options to address any potential risks and bring the entity back into compliance with the regulations.
The Federal Select Agent Program has developed a new series of infographics in order to describe these processes in more detail. Posted to the FSAP website (available at https://www.selectagents.gov/infographics-compliance.html) are new infographics covering the following topics:
- How the Federal Select Agent Program Addresses Serious Biosafety or Security Concerns
- Theft or Loss of a Select Agent or Toxin
- Release of a Select Agent or Toxin
- About the Federal Select Agent Program