Annual Inspection Guidance

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Revision History:
  • August 2018: Initial posting

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This document is intended to provide guidance and assist entities regarding the regulatory requirement that the Responsible Official (RO) ensure that an annual inspection is conducted for each registered space where select agents or toxins are stored or used.  See sections 7 C.F.R. §331external icon.9(a)(6), 9 C.F.R. §121external icon.9(a)(6), and 42 C.F.R. §73external icon.9(a)(6)).

Establishing an internal annual inspection program provides a means for the RO to monitor compliance with the select agent regulations and identify deviations from acceptable laboratory safety, containment, or security practices. This action can be separate from an overall periodic reconciliation of the entire select agent and toxin inventory.

Page last reviewed: January 28, 2021