Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
CFATS is the nation's first regulatory program focused specifically on security at high-risk chemical facilities. Managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the CFATS program identifies and regulates high-risk facilities to ensure security measures are in place to reduce the risk that certain dangerous chemicals are weaponized by terrorists.
May 17, 2023: CISA published two new resources to help facilities understand reporting requirements under the CFATS program: an Aluminum Powder and CFATS flyer and a Chemical Security and Metallic 3D Printing fact sheet.
Under CFATS, a chemical facility is any establishment or individual that possesses or plans to possess any of the more than 300 chemicals of interest (COI) in Appendix A at or above the listed screening threshold quantity (STQ) and concentration. These facilities must report their chemicals to CISA via an online survey, known as a Top-Screen. CISA uses the Top-Screen information a facility submits to determine if the facility is considered high-risk and must develop a security plan. Learn more on the CFATS process webpage.
The CFATS regulation applies to facilities across many industries - chemical manufacturing, storage and distribution, energy and utilities, agriculture and food, explosives, mining, electronics, plastics, colleges and universities, laboratories, paint and coatings, and healthcare and pharmaceuticals, among others.
Chemical security is not a temporary issue. As threats evolve, CISA is committed to working with stakeholders to protect the nation's highest-risk chemical infrastructure.
Read or download a printer-friendly CFATS Overview Fact Sheet or watch the YouTube videos below to learn more.
Learn more about the CFATS program.
CFATS Process, Regulation, and Tools
Learn more about the processes for facilities that may need to register under the CFATS regulation.
Find CFATS fact sheets, flyers, guidance documents, manuals, instruction guides, advisory opinions, and more.
Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI)
Learn more about CVI, the information protection regime administered under the CFATS regulation to ensure that information chemical facilities provide to CISA is protected from public disclosure or misuse.
Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT)
CSAT is an online portal that houses the surveys and applications facilities must submit to CISA to determine which facilities are considered high-risk under the CFATS regulation.
Risk-Based Performance Standards (RBPS)
The 18 RBPS are the standards that all chemical facilities determined to be "high-risk" must meet in their security plan in order to comply with the CFATS regulation.
CFATS Laws and Regulations
These are the statutes, regulations, and notices regarding the CFATS regulatory program.
CFATS and Executive Order 13650
Learn more about how CISA is working with other federal agencies and state and local officials to improve the security and safety of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to workers and communities.
CFATS Knowledge Center
The CFATS Knowledge Center is an online repository of frequently asked questions (FAQs), articles, and the latest CFATS program news.
Featured CFATS Resources
To view all CFATS Resources, visit the CFATS Resources page.
To request either a CFATS presentation or a compliance assistance, please send an email with the requested information to CFATS@hq.dhs.gov.
For more information about the CFATS program, please email CFATS@hq.dhs.gov.
For technical assistance, call the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Help Desk at 866-323-2957 or email CSAT@hq.dhs.gov from Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET).