06/15/2021: Lab Update: CDC Updates COVID-19 Biosafety Guidelines

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Individuals Performing COVID-19 Testing

Level: Laboratory Update

CDC recently updated the Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We encourage you to review the updated guidelines and note the following additions:

  • New Power Point training resource for specimen packing and shipping (available in the Specimen Packing and Shipping section)
  • Link to the Division of Laboratory Systems Risk Assessment web page
  • Links and resources from the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Information on personal protective equipment
  • Information about proper disposal of laboratory waste
  • Language on Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) practices during inoculation of animals with infectious wild-type SARS-CoV-2 virus in the Virus Isolation section

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Page last reviewed: March 1, 2021