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Select Agents and Toxins

Categories of Biomaterials Needing IBC Review and Approval

On June 12, 2002, President Bush signed into law the “Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Response Act of 2002.” PL 107-188, as it is called, is designed to improve the ability of the United States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to bioterrorism. The law requires that persons possessing biological agents or toxins deemed a threat to public health must notify the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or USDA/APHIS.


The requirements for institutions and investigators that possess, use, and/or transfer select agents and toxins are delineated in Title 42, CFR, Part 73 ; Title 9 CFR, Part 121; and Title 7, CFR, Part 331. Investigators should review all of these regulations thoroughly prior to seeking registration and approval to conduct research or other activities with select agents or toxins. Guidance for meeting these requirements is available via the Select Agent Program section of this webpage.


The primary select agent and oversight agency for Oklahoma State University is the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. Oklahoma State University has approval from the CDC to conduct activities involving select agents and toxins. The Department of Transportation has additional requirements for shipping and receiving select agents and toxins.


All Oklahoma State University personnel working with and/or storing select agents or toxins must be included on OSU’s Certificate of Registration with the CDC, and must follow all applicable federal regulations and University policies. We strongly encourage all investigators interested in working with select agents or toxins to consult the federal regulations and Office of University Research Compliance personnel for guidance.

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