The following biological research laboratories operating, or proposing to operate, in Boston must get an annual operating permit from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC):
- Labs operating at biosafety level 3 and above: BSL-3/ABSL-3, BSL-4/ABSL-4
- Labs working with recombinant DNA (rDNA) materials at biosafety level 2 (BSL-2/ABSL-2) and above.
The Biological Safety Program administers this permitting. It also leads the Boston Biosafety Committee oversight advisory group and coordinates internal and external multidisciplinary teams. This program ensures safe operations in Boston’s biological research laboratories. Use the resources on this page to better understand the permitting process.
NOTICE OF BOSTON BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE (BBC) MEETING
On Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 5:30 PM, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will hold a meeting of the Boston Biosafety Committee (BBC), an advisory group appointed by the BPHC Executive Director under the BPHC Biological Laboratory Regulations.
The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom:
- Computer: Go to the Zoom Meeting
- Phone: Call +1 646 828 7666
- Enter Meeting ID: 161 504 7121
Members of the public can submit written comments or questions before or after the meeting to BPHC via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the meeting, comments or questions can be posted using the Zoom chat function.
Forms, Checklists, and GuidelinesForms, Checklists, and Guidelines
Current BPHC Regulations
- Biological Laboratory Regulations Implementation & Enforcement Guidelines (As of October 15, 2019)
- Biological Laboratory Regulations (As of January 16, 2019)
- Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) - 6th Edition, CDC/NIH
- NIH Guidelines For Research Involving Recombinant Or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines)
- OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030)
- OSHA Laboratory Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450). Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
- OSHA Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200)
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): 42 CFR Parts 72 and 73 (Possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins; final rule)
- Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): 7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121 (Possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins; final rule)