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Security Plans

OSU is required to have a comprehensive security plan for its select agent program. Additionally, college and lab specific security plans are required. Federal regulations and OSU policy have stringent requirements for security plans. College plans must be established and approved by the college dean. Lab specific plans must be developed by principal investigators. These plans must be consistent with federal criteria and complement the requirements set forth in the respective college security plan and the university's security plan. All plans must be reviewed and approved at least annually by the Responsible Official. These documents must be available at all times for review by the Responsible Official or Alternate Responsible Officials. The Responsible Official and/or the Alternate Responsible Officials must review the plans following an incident. Plans must include the following:



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Select Agent Programs have posted guidance that is designed to assist entities in complying with the security requirements of the select agent regulations. See This guidance includes a security information document and a security plan template. Various security checklists can be found at

Contact the Office of University Research Compliance if you have questions or need assistance. 

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