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Reports & Updates

Lab Safety-Related Reports and Findings

Congressional Testimony

Progress toward Addressing Recommendations

Following laboratory safety incidents at CDC involving select agents, CDC conducted comprehensive internal reviews of each incident.  An inspection of each involved laboratory was also conducted by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Agricultural Select Agent Services.  During each review, an assessment of the event, contributing factors, and risk mitigation practices was completed.  Each review resulted in a report of findings and recommendations.  CDC concurs with these recommendations and has made progress towards implementing them.  CDC’s aim is to improve the culture of laboratory safety across the agency and mitigate the likelihood of future events.

Below are links to summaries of the laboratory safety improvement recommendations and implementation progress as of November 1, 2015, and prior. These summaries are updated as additional actions are implemented or until all recommendations are addressed.


CDC, Report on the Potential Exposure to Anthrax, July 11, 2014

USDA-APHIS, Entity Inspection Report Anthrax, July 10, 2014


CDC, Report on the Inadvertent Cross-Contamination and Shipment of a Laboratory Specimen with Influenza Virus H5N1, August 8, 2014

USDA-APHIS, Entity Inspection Report (H5N1), July 29, 2014


CDC, Report on the Potential Exposure to Ebola Virus, February 4, 2015