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Select Agent Rule: What Clinical Laboratories Need To Know Webinar

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Webinar Title:
Select Agent Rule: What Clinical Laboratories Need to Know

Description: In this era of natural and human made biological emergencies, it is essential that laboratories understand the implications of isolating a potential bio-threat agent and how to comply with the select agent regulations. This webinar will discuss the changes to the Select Agent Rule (including what Tier 1 select agents are), how these changes apply to clinical laboratories, and the consequences of noncompliance. It will also review what clinical laboratories should do if an isolate is confirmed by an LRN Reference Laboratory as a select agent, what forms are required, when to use the forms, and how to complete them. A brief overview of important Department of Transportation (DOT) packaging and shipping regulations will be provided. Finally, case studies will be utilized to offer instructions on how to identify if an exposure has occurred. 

Audience: This basic level, webinar is intended for clinical laboratory managers and supervisors, microbiology managers and supervisors and laboratorians who are responsible for the screening/shipping of potential and/or confirmed select agents to their LRN Reference Laboratories. Reference laboratorians who may assist the clinical laboratories are encouraged to attend.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the Select Agent Rule and how it applies to clinical laboratories.
  • Explain what are the Tier 1 Select Agents.
  • Outline the process of what to do when a select agent is confirmed.
  • Describe how to fill out the required forms.
  • Identify what is an exposure.

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