Select Agent Information
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Logo
NIH > Office of Extramural Research Logo
Home About Grants Funding Forms & Deadlines Grants Policy News & Events About OER NIH Home
Grants and Funding
Grants Policy
Policy & Guidance
Compliance & Oversight
Research Involving Human Subjects
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)
Animals in Research
Peer Review Policies & Practices
Intellectual Property Policy
Invention Reporting (iEdison)
NIH Public Access
Research Integrity
Select Agent Information

On This Page:

    Laws and Policies
    Guidelines and Resources
    Monitoring and Oversight for NIH Awards
    Select Agent Programs


This page provides the NIH awards process for research involving infectious agents and select agents, including submissions, awards, monitoring and oversight. This page also clarifies the processes and responsibilities for investigations of laboratory accidents, research-related illnesses and potential Biosafety violations.

Laws and Policies

  • HR 3448: Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act, January 23, 2002 (PDF - 971 KB)
  • USA Patriot Act of 2001, October 26, 2001 (PDF - 908 KB)
  • Code of Federal Regulations:
    7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121
    USDA Possession Use and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins
    PDF - 333 KB
    29 CFR Part 1910-1030 Bloodborne Pathogens HTML
    PDF - 808 KB
    29 CFR Part 1910-1450 Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories HTML
    PDF - 516 KB
    42 CFR Part 72 Additional Requirements for Facilities Transferring or Receiving Select Agents PDF - 200 KB
    42 CFR Part 73 and 42 CFR Part 1003 HHS Possession Use and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins PDF - 255 KB
    49 CFR Part 171 DOT Hazardous Materials – Revision to Standards for Infectious Substances HTML
    49 CFR Part 171.15 Immediate Notice of Certain Hazardous Materials Incidents PDF - 78 KB
  • U.S. Code:
    18 USC Part 175 Prohibitions with respect to Biological Weapons HTML
    18 USC Part 175a Requests for Military Assistance to Enforce Prohibition in Certain Emergencies HTML
    18 USC Part 175b Possession by Restricted Persons HTML
    18 USC Part 2332a Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction HTML
    42 USC Part 262a Enhanced Control of Dangerous Biological Agents and Toxins HTML
    42 USC Part 4321-4347 National Environmental Policy Act HTML

  • HHS Select Agents and Toxins Page (including the list of select agents and toxins and information about additions or deletions to the list)
  • NIH Grants Policy Statement: Select Agent Requirements, 10/2012

Guidelines and Resources

Monitoring and Oversight for NIH Awards


Select Agent Programs

For questions or comments regarding this site, contact OEPMailbox

Note: For help accessing PDF, RTF, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Audio or Video files, see Help Downloading Files.

This page last updated on April 26, 2012
Content Manager:
Technical Issues: E-mail OER Webmaster

Social Media Links