Earlier this week, the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) published its sixth annual report of aggregate program data, the 2020 Annual Report of the Federal Select Agent Program. The report, which summarizes data for calendar year 2020, is a part of FSAP’s continued efforts to provide the American public with insight into the regulatory activities of the program and reflects FSAP’s ongoing commitment to transparency.
As in previous years, the content includes a look at the regulatory functions of FSAP, as well as compliance with the select agent regulations at laboratories across the nation. The report highlights FSAP’s efforts to engage with the regulated community throughout the year to ensure regulatory compliance. This year, it also provides insight into key changes made to program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once again, the content of the report underscores that overall, most laboratories registered with the program are compliant with the regulations, and none of the small number of reported incidents during the year resulted in a significant risk to public or agricultural health.
The report summarizes aggregate program data in areas such as:
- Numbers and types of registered entities, as well as amendments to registrations
- Top registered select agents or toxins
- Security risk assessments performed
- Number of inspections conducted
- Key observations related to inspection findings and compliance with the select agent regulations
- Reported thefts, losses, and releases of select agents or toxins
- Identifications and transfers of select agents or toxins
- Publications and outreach activities
The full report, along with an infographic summarizing the key findings, is now available online at https://www.selectagents.gov/annualreport2020.html.