2021 SA Grams
Administrator Michon Oubichon. Moving AgSAS to ERCS addresses a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office’s “High-Containment Laboratories: Coordinated Actions Needed to Enhance the Select Agent Program’s Oversight of Hazardous Pathogens” audit (GAO 18-145). The recommendation for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator to change and formally document the reporting structure for the APHIS component of the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) from the APHIS director of the program to the Administrator of APHIS.
As part of this transition, APHIS is renaming AgSAS to the Division of Agricultural Select Agents and Toxins (DASAT), which betters aligns with FSAP nomenclature.
We want to make regulated community aware of these changes and assure you that this organizational change will not affect your regulatory oversight.
Please note that http://www.selectagents.gov/external icon is in the process of being updated to reflect this change.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) replaced its annual in-person workshop for Responsible Officials and Alternate Responsible Officials with a series of five webinars. Each webinar was designed to provide participants with information related to compliance with the select agent regulations, and updates from FSAP on a variety of topics.
The webinar presentations have been posted to the FSAP website and are now available for download here.