2018 Annual Report of the
Federal Select Agent Program

Infographic of Findings

The 2018 Annual Report of the Federal Select Agent Program, released in January 2020, summarizes 2018 program data for the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP), which regulates the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins so that important work with potentially dangerous and deadly pathogens can be conducted as safely and securely as possible. FSAP is a partnership between HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Now in its fourth year, this report continues to provide the American public with insight into the regulatory activities of the program.  The content includes a look at both the regulatory functions of the program, as well as compliance with the select agent regulations at laboratories across the nation.  The report also highlights FSAP’s efforts to engage with the regulated community throughout the year in order to ensure regulatory compliance.

As in previous years, the report summarizes aggregate program data in areas such as:

  • Numbers and types of registered entities
  • Security risk assessments performed
  • Number of inspections conducted
  • Top registered select agents or toxins, by agency
  • Key observations related to inspection findings and compliance with the select agent regulations
  • Identifications and transfers of select agents or toxins
  • Thefts, losses, and releases of select agents or toxins
  • Publications and outreach activities

The annual publication of this report reflects the program’s ongoing commitment to increasing transparency and understanding of the program.

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