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Federal Biosafety Policies and Procedures

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.  Details safety practices and containment procedures for basic and clinical research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including the creation and use of organisms and viruses containing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) – 5th edition. An advisory document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending best practices for the safe conduct of work in biomedical and clinical laboratories from a biosafety perspective

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 1910.1030.  A federal standard which sets forth practices to be employed when handling blood, tissues, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials. This standard is often cited as “Universal Precautions.”

USDA Guidance on the Import or transport of controlled materials, organisms or vectors . The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has the primary responsibility of safeguarding the health of the nation’s agricultural resources, monitoring the movement of risk materials as well as preventing the introduction of dangerous and costly pests and diseases. Microorganisms are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and must be cleared by USDA inspectors at the port of arrival before entry into the United States is authorized.  A USDA permit is required for any microorganism that is known to cause infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases of livestock or poultry.  However, non-pathogenic bacteria, viruses, algae, or yeast (fungi) may be imported into the country without USDA veterinary restrictions.

Primary Containment for Biohazards: Selection, Installation and Use of Biological Safety Cabinets.  CDC/NIH publication provides everything you need to know about biological safety cabinets. For information on how to use biological safety cabinets, go to Section 5.

Deemed Exports and Fundamental Research for Biological Items.  Guidance from the US Department of Commerce / Bureau of Industry and Security on what triggers a requirement for a deemed export license in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for biological research.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Laboratory Safety Guidance.  Guidance document designed to make individuals aware of the OSHA standards as well as OSHA guidance that is available to protect workers from the diverse hazards encountered in laboratories.

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