Original article from: The New Yorker; August 25, 2014 Issue. by James...
A wide variety of safeguards are in place to minimize risks and protect our researchers and the community. In addition to building design and construction, these include:
- The recruitment of experienced researchers
- The rigorous observance of standard operating procedures for safety, security, and operations
- Limited access to the NEIDL
- Extensive security checks of persons and property
The NEIDL offers collaborative training programs with city agencies and integration of our institutional protocols with Boston Medical Center clinicians. We follow guidelines and regulations of the Boston Public Health Commission, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Beyond safety, we are committed to providing transparency in our work. Oversight by several committees ensures community access to information about our work and opportunities for open dialogue. The Institutional Biosafety Committee, which has oversight responsibility for all biosafety programs at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, includes public representation. The Community Liaison Committee was created specifically to promote community outreach and feedback.
Furthermore, our External Scientific Advisory Committee, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety all provide important links between our activities and our community. Finally, the NEIDL is accountable to independent public health and safety officials in more than a dozen local, state, and federal agencies and organizations.
- Read biological agent specific information from the University’s Office of Research Compliance.