Certification of Biosafety Cabinets

Biosafety cabinets are primary barrier protection for individuals working with biologic materials. This equipment must be properly maintained by getting them certified every year.

  • All biosafety cabinets must be certified annually.
  • New biosafety cabinets must be validated by certification before they are put into service.
  • All biosafety cabinets must be certified after they have been repaired or relocated. 
  • Annual biosafety cabinet certification is required according to: 

    • The CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
      4th Edition, May 1999.
    • The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules, January 2001.
    • The NSF International Class II (Laminar Flow) Biohazard Cabinetry Standard 49, 1992.
    • The Food and Drug Administration
    • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Controlling occupational exposure to hazardous drugs, 1995.
    • The American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Technical Bulletin on handling cytoxic drugs in hospitals, 1990.

Suggested Source for Certification and Repair Service

  • B&V Testing Inc. is the only vendor that has a contract with the University of Maryland to provide certification and testing of biosafety cabinets and full repair services by NSF-accredited technicians. 
  • Cost is $75 for IIA or IIA/B3 BSC's
  • Cost is $60 for CAB's
  • Biosafety Cabinet Work Practices
  • Biosafety Cabinet UM Policy

B&V Testing, Inc.
3 Vale Rd., Suite 100, Bel Air, MD 21014

For more information contact:

Melissa A. Morland, MS, RBP, CBSP
Biosafety Officer
Environmental Health & Safety
(410) 706-7055