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CDC Select Agent Program; protecting the American public by ensuring the safe and secure possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins that pose a threat to public health
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    Select agent program
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    A heightened concern about the ease with which disease-causing agents could be obtained led Congress to pass Section 511 of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-132). This Act directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a list of biological agents and toxins that could threaten public health and safety, procedures for governing the transfer of those agents, and training requirements for entities working with these "select agents." HHS delegated the authority to implement this Act to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which then established the CDC Select Agent Program. The Division of Select Agents and Toxins in the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response oversees this program. In addition to strengthening the regulatory authorities of HHS/CDC, the Bioterrorism Act also granted comparable regulatory authorities to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over select agents that pose a severe threat to animal and plant health or products. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), then established the Agricultural Select Agent Program. These two programs constitute the Federal Select Agent Program. "7/13/11" - date from document properties
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