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Biological Laboratory Regulation

On January 16, 2019, the Boston Board of Health adopted amendments to Boston's Biological Laboratory Regulations to:
  • Rescind the Recombinant DNA Use and Technology Regulation,
  • Remove the prohibition on rDNA research on BSL-4 agents in Boston, under the condition that any rDNA project undergo rigorous approval process for BSL-4 projects
  • Incorporate the regulation of the use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) into the Biological Lab Regulation,
  • Formalize a requirement that each individual BSL-4 research project undergo review by the Boston Biosafety Committee prior to receiving approval by BPHC, and
  • Revise definitions and citations to align with updated national guidance documents.

Board meeting materials can be found here.

Current Regulations

Biological Laboratory Regulations Implementation & Enforcement Guidelines (As of October 15, 2019)

Biological Laboratory Regulations (As of January 16, 2019)

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