Biological Safety Cabinet Certification and Repair

Effective: Moved to Policy Library from UPM 12.12(4)
Reviewed: April 2018
Contact: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)


Biological safety practices at Iowa State University are governed by regulations and guidelines of the U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS). As part of the required oversight, the department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) coordinates the annual biological safety cabinet certification testing.

Policy Statement

All biosafety cabinets (BSC) used for containment must have an initial certification and must be recertified at least annually to ensure proper operation. The operational integrity of the BSC must be validated before being put into service or after being repaired, relocated or having filters replaced. Certification, filter changes, and other repairs must be performed by NSF certified technicians.

EH&S must be contacted prior to purchasing a BSC to ensure that the model is appropriate for the intended use and that the cabinet is placed on the annual testing and certification schedule.