9 CFR 121.9 - Responsible official.

§ 121.9 Responsible official.
(a) An individual or entity required to register under this part must designate an individual to be the responsible official. The responsible official must:
(1) Be approved by the Administrator or the HHS Secretary following a security risk assessment by the Attorney General;
(2) Be familiar with the requirements of this part;
(3) Have authority and responsibility to act on behalf of the entity;
(4) Ensure compliance with the requirements of this part;
(5) Have a physical (and not merely a telephonic or audio/visual) presence at the registered entity to ensure that the entity is in compliance with the select agent regulations and be able to respond in a timely manner to onsite incidents involving select agents and toxins in accordance with the entity's incident response plan; and
(6) Ensure that annual inspections are conducted for each laboratory where select agents or toxins are stored or used in order to determine compliance with the requirements of this part. The results of each inspection must be documented, and any deficiencies identified during an inspection must be corrected.
(b) An entity may designate one or more individuals to serve as an alternate responsible official who acts for the responsible official in his/her absence. These individuals must have the authority and control to ensure compliance with the regulations when acting as the responsible official.
(c) The responsible official must report the identification and final disposition of any select agent or toxin contained in a specimen presented for diagnosis or verification.
(1) The identification of any of the following select agents or toxins must be immediately reported by telephone, facsimile, or email: African horse sickness virus, African swine fever virus, avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic), Bacillus anthracis, Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei, classical swine fever virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus, virulent Newcastle disease virus, rinderpest virus, and swine vesicular disease virus. The final disposition of the agent or toxin must be reported by submission of APHIS/CDC Form 4 within 7 calendar days after identification. A copy of the completed form must be maintained for 3 years.
(2) To report the identification and final disposition of any other select agent or toxin, APHIS/CDC Form 4 must be submitted within 7 calendar days after identification. A copy of the completed form must be maintained for 3 years.
(3) Less stringent reporting may be required during agricultural emergencies or outbreaks, or in endemic areas.
(d) The responsible official must report the identification and final disposition of any select agent or toxin contained in a specimen presented for proficiency testing. To report the identification and final disposition of a select agent or toxin, APHIS/CDC Form 4 must be submitted within 90 calendar days of receipt of the agent or toxin. A copy of the completed form must be maintained for 3 years.
[70 FR 13284, Mar. 18, 2005, as amended at 73 FR 61332, Oct. 16, 2008; 77 FR 61078, Oct. 5, 2012]

Title 9 published on 2015-01-01.

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Title 9 published on 2015-01-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 9 CFR Part 121 after this date.

  • 2015-02-27; vol. 80 # 39 - Friday, February 27, 2015
    1. 80 FR 10627 - Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List
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      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
      Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.
      We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 28, 2015.
      7 CFR Part 331