CFATS Risk-Based Performance Standard (RBPS) 12(iv) – Screening for Terrorist Ties

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CFATS Announcement

As of July 28, 2023, Congress has allowed the statutory authority for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program (6 CFR Part 27) to expire.

Therefore, CISA cannot enforce compliance with the CFATS regulations at this time. This means that CISA will not require facilities to report their chemicals of interest or submit any information in CSAT, perform inspections, or provide CFATS compliance assistance, amongst other activities. CISA can no longer require facilities to implement their CFATS Site Security Plan or CFATS Alternative Security Program.

CISA encourages facilities to maintain security measures. CISA’s voluntary ChemLock resources are available on the ChemLock webpages.

If CFATS is reauthorized, CISA will follow up with facilities in the future. To reach us, please contact

Under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Risk-Based Performance Standard (RBPS) 12 – Personnel Surety, facilities are required to perform four types of background checks on facility personnel and unescorted visitors who have or are seeking access to restricted areas and critical assets at high-risk chemical facilities. These checks include measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties, and are implemented through the CFATS Personnel Surety Program.

The RBPS 12(iv) – Screening for Terrorist Ties fact sheet is a printer-friendly document with information to help facilities comply with RBPS 12(iv).