Animal & Plant Pathogens and Pests and Genetically Modified Organisms

The U. S. Department of Agriculture, through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), regulates the transport and environmental release of materials that could potentially harm U.S. agriculture. APHIS permits may be required for import or transport of animal or plant pests or pathogens, or release of genetically modified organisms into the environment. The following APHIS Agencies regulate these activities:

Human Pathogens or Biological Toxins

The Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regulates the import of biological materials that could cause illness in humans or genetically modified organisms. For assistance, refer to or contact

Select Agents and Toxins

  • Information about Select Agents & Toxins is available in the Learn@ISU online course: "Select Agent Information for Veterinary Diagnosticians."

  • If you possess or intend to possess Select Agents, contact the Responsible Official ((515) 294-5359) for specific security requirements.