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New NIH Select Agent Notice

The Federal Select Agent Program has published an Interim Final Rule that adds "Bacillus cereus Biovar anthracis" to the list of regulated select agents and toxins. If you possess B. cereus Biovar anthracis, you must immediately contact your local Select Agent Program Responsible Official. Do not destroy or transfer the material without first contacting the Select Agent Program.

B. cereus Biovar anthracis is an emerging pathogen that has properties very similar to Bacillus anthracis (which is currently regulated as a Tier 1 select agent). The agent has been isolated from great apes with anthrax-like disease in several countries in Africa.

The regulation, available at, was published in the Federal Register and CDC will be accepting public comment on the addition of the agent until November 14, 2016. Instructions on how to submit comments are available at this link. 

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.


NIH Select Agent Program
Division of Occupational Health and Safety, Office of Research Services

Contact Information:

Antony Schwartz, Ph.D.
Responsible Official
Bethesda, Maryland

Nancy P. Hoe, Ph.D., CBSP
Responsible Official
Rocky Mountain Laboratory, Hamilton, Montana

Kelly J. Flint, SM(NRCM), CBSP, RBP
Responsible Official
Ft. Detrick, Maryland