Review of Requests to Exclude Attenuated Strains of Select Agents and Modified Select Toxins, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003–2017
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Review of Requests to Exclude Attenuated Strains of Select Agents and Modified Select Toxins, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003–2017

  • Published Date:

    04 2018

  • Source:
    Health Secur.
  • Language:
    English
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    Health Secur
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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) regulates the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins throughout the United States as part of the Federal Select Agent Program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) select agent regulations also include criteria for the exclusion of select agents and toxins from the requirements of the regulations (42 CFR § 73.3 and 73.4). An entity may request the exclusion of an attenuated strain of a select agent or a select toxin modified to be less potent or toxic. The Intragovernmental Select Agents and Toxins Technical Advisory Committee (ISATTAC) reviews the exclusion request by conducting a risk assessment to determine whether the attenuated strain or modified toxin has the potential to pose a severe risk to public health and safety. In this study, DSAT analyzed the number and types of exclusion requests reviewed by the ISATTAC from January 2003 through December 2017. As of December 2017, DSAT has excluded 50 strains of biological agents and 10 modified toxins from the select agent regulations. The select agent regulations provision for the exclusion of attenuated select agents or modified toxins that no longer have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety is an important mechanism for reducing the regulatory burden on entities that do not need to work with the fully virulent or toxic forms of the agent or toxin. This provision may have the added benefit of encouraging entities to consider working with variants of select agents or toxins that are of less risk than the fully virulent or toxic forms in their research studies and as a positive control.
  • Pubmed ID:
    30511883
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC7953751
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