In my April 16th 2020 blog, I wrote about the new Watertown regulation Biotechnology and the Use of Recombinant DNA Molecule Technology which became effective July 1, 2020. Existing facilities located in Watertown will have one year from the effective date to come into compliance, but new companies moving to Watertown must comply before work covered by the regulation can begin.
The regulation covers recombinant DNA (rDNA) work as well as non-rDNA research involving biologic agents at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3). (BSL-4 work is prohibited in Watertown.) Examples of agents at BSL-2 include non-recombinant work with Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Hepatitis B, and Herpes Simplex Virus.
Non-exempt rDNA work and work with regulated biologic agents requires a permit. However, low risk facilities may conduct rDNA work without a permit provided that they register with the Watertown Biosafety Committee (WBSC). A low risk facility is one that creates, propagates, imports or uses rDNA […]