06/06/2024: Lab Advisory: Select Agents and Toxins Exemption for H5 Avian Influenza Viruses

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Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

On June 6, 2024, the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a temporary exemption for H5 avian influenza viruses from the requirements of the select agent and toxin regulations for a period of three years utilizing the exemption authority under 9 C.F.R. §121.5(f). This exemption replaces all previously issued and currently effective exemptions related to H5 avian influenza viruses.

Send questions concerning the exemption to the APHIS Division of Agricultural Select Agents and Toxins (DASAT) at 301-851-2070 or DASAT@usda.gov.

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