This notice serves as a reminder that NIH employees
cannot receive, possess, or ship Select Agents or Toxins unless authorized by
the CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins through the NIH Select Agent
Program. Non-compliance can result in suspension of research, revocation of our
registration, or civil money penalties levied against you or against NIH.
If you should unexpectedly receive a package containing a
Select Agent or Toxin, do not handle the material. Secure the package and call
the NIH Select Agent Program immediately at 301-496-2960.
For your information:
1) A current list of Select Agents and Toxins may be
found at: http://www.selectagents.gov/Select%20Agents%20and%20Toxins%20List.html.
2) A list of attenuated forms of some Select Agents that
are not regulated (i.e., exclusions) is available at: http://www.selectagents.gov/Select%20Agents%20and%20Toxins%20Exclusions.html.
3) A list of the aggregate amounts of the Select Agent
toxins that are not regulated is provided at: http://www.selectagents.gov/Permissible%20Toxin%20Amounts.html.
Please note: the lists of exclusions and aggregate
amounts are very specific. If you have any questions about what is considered a
Select Agent or Toxin, please contact the NIH Select Agent Program. General
information can be found at: http://www.selectagents.gov.
In addition, if you ever unexpectedly determine (via
sequencing or some other analysis), that a sample in your possession contains a
Select Agent or Toxin, and you are not authorized to possess that agent or
toxin, you must notify the NIH Select Agent Program immediately, even if the
material has been inactivated. This refers to samples that you have no reason
to suspect contain a Select Agent or Toxin. Report this even if the sample is
inactivated so that we can document disposition of the viable material that
gave rise to the inactivated sample, and/or notify the sender of the material,
if it came from a collaborator.
If, after reading the information provided, you still
have questions, please contact the NIH Select Agent Program at 301-496-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Deborah E. Wilson, DrPH, CBSP
RADM U.S. Public Health Service
Division of Occupational Health and Safety
Office of Research Services National Institutes of Health