Select Agent Program

Responsible Official: Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli

Purdue University is part of the Federal Select Agent Program. "The Federal Select Agent Program oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products. The Program greatly enhances the nation's oversight of the safety and security of select agents by:

  • Developing, implementing, and enforcing the Select Agent Regulations
  • Maintaining a national database
  • Inspecting entities that possess, use, or transfer select agents
  • Ensuring that all individuals who work with these agents undergo a security risk assessment performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation/Criminal Justice Information Service
  • Providing guidance to regulated entities on achieving compliance to the regulations through the development of guidance documents, conducting workshops and webinars
  • Investigation of any incidents in which non-compliance may have occurred

Please contact Dr. Vemulapalli ( for more information.

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