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.
Forms, Checklists, and GuidelinesForms, Checklists, and Guidelines
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)