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CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins

Division of Select Agents and Toxins Overview:
Scientific research in laboratories is an important part of our nation’s defense against naturally occurring diseases and bioterrorism. The research done on biological and select agents and toxins leads to discoveries that can save lives and help protect the health, safety, and security of the American people. Because this research is critical, CDC works to ensure that it is conducted as safely and securely as possible. To accomplish this, CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response oversees the Federal Select Agent Program and the Import Permit Program. Through these programs, DSAT does the following:

  • Develops Regulations for laboratories that work with select agents and toxins.
  • Conducts Inspections and Registration for facilities that work with select agents and toxins.
  • Issues Import Permits required for the importation of infectious biological agents, infectious substances, and vectors of human disease into the United States.
  • Enforces regulation compliance for programs that work with select agents and toxins

Related Information

CDC 90 Day Internal Review of the Division of Select Agents and Toxins
A review focused on the program operated by CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins. The review contains observations and actionable recommendations in the categories of inspections, incident reporting, and transparency. Read more

DSAT and Federal Select Agent Program Reports

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