The federal government enacted the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2002 and the USA PATRIOT ACT to reduce the risk of unauthorized use of certain biological and chemical agents. These laws require that research institutions, including UC Berkeley, collect information regarding certain “select agents” and register their presence with the federal government. Noncompliance could result in a $500,000 fine or five years in prison.

The list of select agents that must be reported to the campus if they are included in research proposals is available from the Federal Select Agent Program. Indicate proposed use of any of the agents on the Special Review tab in Phoebe. Genetic material, nonviable material, vaccine strains, nontoxic chains, or any modification of the listed biological agents or chemical toxins must also be reported.

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