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Law, Regulation or Guideline
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2019-02-28 12:13 UTC (sujata@nic.in)
Date of publication
2019-02-28 12:13 UTC (sujata@nic.in)

General Information
  • India
Title of document
Regulations and Guidelines for R DNA Research and Biocontainment 2017
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Guidelines
Subject areas
  • Contained use
  • Handling, transport, packaging and identification
  • Human and/or Animal Health
  • Pharmaceuticals
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The Guidelines cover the regulations on biosafety of rDNA research and handling of hazardous microorganisms and GE organisms or cells in India. It has described stringent and robust facility structures for handling of microorganisms, animals, plants, insects and aquatic organisms and has provided clear instruction on disposal and decontamination of laboratory wastes, emergency procedures etc. The guidelines include a list of risk group agents and determined appropriate containment level for their handling in India. Within the purview of Rules, Institutional Biosafety Committees have been empowered to take adequate
precautionary measures for research conducted on risk group 1 and 2 organisms. The approval from RCGM is only required for experiments involving risk group 3 and 4 organisms.

In addition, a separate laboratory certification system for handling of risk group 3 and 4 organisms has been developed. Following implementation of these guidelines, it shall be mandatory for all existing high containment facilities at biosafety levels 3 and 4 to acquire this accreditation for working with risk group 3 and 4 organisms. Adoption of these guidelines shall be binding pan India for all public and private organizations involved in research, development and handling of GE organisms (organism includes
microorganisms, animals, plants, arthropods, aquatic animals, etc.) and non-GE hazardous microorganisms (microorganism includes parasites, protozoa, algae, fungi, bacteria, virus, prions, etc.) and products produced through exploration of such organisms.
Document details
Document text
Regulations-Guidelines-for-Recombinant-DNA-Research-and-Biocontainment-2017.pdf (1 MB)
Regulation and Guidelines for Recombinant DNA Research and Bioconatinment
Regulatory contact information
Contact person
Dr Sujata Arora
2nd Floor, Vayu Block, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jorbagh
New Delhi, Delhi
India, 110003