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National Select Agents Registry (NSAR) Program

Initiated in 1996 with the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, and bolstered by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, and the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, the program oversees the transfer, possession, and use of biological agents (viruses, bacteria) and toxins that have the potential to be a severe threat to public or environmental health. Possession of the specified agents or toxins without registration carries severe civil and criminal penalties. Possession of Select Agents or Toxins over exempt amounts is not allowed at Stanford at this time and would require prior approval from the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and registration with the NSAR Program. The application and further information may be found on the NSAR website:

Click here for the list of Select Agents and Toxins.

For use of any biological (bacterial or viral) Select Agent, contact the Biosafety Program (

Stanford University Select Toxins Program

Possession of small quantities of Select Toxins may be exempt from registration with the NSAR program. The Stanford Select Toxins Program summarizes the University's requirements for possession of NSAR Select Toxins under the exempt quantities. Please read the entire program document linked below.

Requirements for Possession of Permissible Amounts of Select Agent Toxins at Stanford University


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