Skip to main content
Report an Issue

Animal Research with Biological Materials

Quick Links

The CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories provides guidance to researchers on the appropriate biosafety levels and practices for handling biological materials and experimentally infected vertebrate animals. This includes animals that may naturally harbor zoonotic infectious agents.

Examples of areas we assess for development of good practices, training, and SOPs

  • Biological material use, storage, disposal
  • Effect on immunocompromised workers
  • Routes of transmission, pathogenicity, stability in the environment
  • Procedural hazards (use of sharps, aerosol-generating, splash and splattering procedures)
  • Animal handling and restraints (manual or chemical)

Hazardous materials used in animals, email: 
Animal protocol development, Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) email: