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    Publication of Amendments to the HHS and USDA Select Agent Regulations

    On January 19, 2017, HHS and USDA published parallel amendments to federal regulations for work with select agents and toxins. The regulatory amendments include critical changes to the requirements that must be followed by those working with select agents and toxins, and aim to increase the safety and security of work with these materials.

    Learn more about the updated regulations

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    Recommended Policy Guidance for Departmental Development of Review Mechanisms for Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight

    On January 9, 2017, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released Recommended Policy Guidance for Departmental Development of Review Mechanisms for Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight.

    View the Policy Guidance

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    White House Memorandum on Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures

    On October 29, 2015, the White House released a memorandum from Assistants to the President John Holdren and Lisa Monaco on the next steps to enhance biosafety and biosecurity in the United States. The memo highlights the conduct of parallel federal and broad stakeholder reviews to generate specific recommendations to strengthen the U.S. government's biosafety and biosecurity practices and oversight system.

    View the Memorandum

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    Reports: Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel and Fast Track Action Committee on the Select Agent Regulations

    The Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel (FESAP) conducted an internal US government review of biosafety and biosecurity practices. The Fast Track Action Committee on Select Agent Regulations (FTAC-SAR) conducted an external review that focused on the effects of the select agent regulations on researchers and laboratories.

    Learn more about the FESAP and FTAC-SAR Reports

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    Dual Use Research of Concern

    Dual use research of concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to health and safety. Learn how recent policy initiatives are raising awareness and limiting the potential for misuse of scientific information.

    Learn more about DURC


About Science Safety Security


Welcome to the S3: Science, Safety, Security website! Safe and successful scientific research protects the nation and the world from infectious diseases, terrorism, and environmental changes. This research ranges from discovering new antibiotics to investigating ways to make crops more drought resistant. Dedicated scientists conduct this research all over the country and the world in highly sophisticated laboratory facilities. The resources provided here will give you an introduction to Biorisk Management, which includes biosafety, biosecurity, biocontainment, and other topics related to biological organisms.

The Law & Policy section will give you a clear understanding of the many laws, regulations, policies, and guidance documents that exist around Biorisk Management. The Dual Use Research of Concern section contains the recent United States Government policies, recommendations, and educational materials on dual use research of concern. The S3 Newsletter provides news from around the government on biorisk management activities, conference summaries, and upcoming events.

Come back regularly for additional materials and new topics. If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see covered, contact us​ and let us know!