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CDC select agent program : ensuring the safe and secure possession, use, and transfer of select agents in the U.S. 2008
  • Published Date:
    May 2, 2008
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    Following the events of 2001, Congress significantly strengthened oversight of select agents with the passage of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act) and the

    Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act). The USA PATRIOT Act restricted who could have access to select agents. The Bioterrorism Act created increased safeguards and security measures for select agents. The Bioterrorism Act strengthened the regulatory authorities of HHS and granted comparable regulatory authorities to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) over biological agents and toxins that pose a severe threat to animal health, plant health, animal products, or plant products. USDA delegated its authority to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). CDC and APHIS share responsibility for some agents because they potentially threaten both humans and animals (overlap agents).

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