Regulations and informational resources

For biosafety with research activities

Federal regulations & resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 

Federal Select Agent Program

National Institutes of Health

Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
Recombinant DNA Compliance Notice
NIH Office of Science Policy
Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
WSU DURC Policy (pdf)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations
Animal Welfare Information Center
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS):

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Export licenses, foreign standards, and economic sanctions
Bureau of Industry and Security, Export Administration Regulation Downloadable Files

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention

U.S. Department of the Interior

US Fish and Wildlife Service Permits

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Bioresearch monitoring information
Science & Research
Bad Bug Book, 2nd edition (Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook)

State regulations & resources

Washington State Department of Agriculture Plant Protection Division

Plants and Seeds Whose Sales are Prohibited in Washington State (pdf)

Washington State Department of Health

Animal Transmitted Diseases
Zoonotic Disease Data and Reports

Washington State Legislature, Washington Administrative Code

WSU administrative units

Office of Research Assurances

Supports and promotes ethical research practices at Washington State University. Subordinate units include the following:

Office of the Campus Veterinarian

Oversees all animal care and facilities at WSU. The laboratory animal care and use program complies with federal, state, and local guidelines for laboratory animal care.

Office of Research Support and Operations

Helps WSU faculty and graduate students prepare and submit research proposals and review subsequent awards for those proposals with sponsoring organizations.

Environmental Health and Safety

Develops and implements WSU safety policies and procedures as a non-academic service department. It has knowledge of institutional, local, state, and federal environmental health and safety policies applicable to research.


Applied Biosafety
ILAR Journal
Journal of Biosafety
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Journal of Virology
Lab Animal
Laboratory Animals
Virology Journal


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
ABSA International
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)
Foundation for Biomedical Research
NetVet Veterinary Resources
NetVet Veterinary Government and Law Resources
Public Health Agency of Canada: Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment


From Washington State University

Office of Research Support and Operations memoranda index
Memorandum #13 (pdf) outlines Institutional Biosafety Committee policy.