Permits and Reporting Requirements


The MIT CAB/ESCRO is registered with the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities and submits annual reports as described in the NIH rDNA Guidelines, section IV-B-2-a-(3).

The CAB/ESCRO is registered with the Commonwealth of of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health for the conduct of human embryonic stem cell research.  The State permit is renewed every 3 years.  

The City of Cambridge  General Ordinances (Chapter 8.20) encode the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. The City of Cambridge requires that MIT have a permit for the conduct of  recombinant DNA (rDNA) based research. This permit is renewed annually through the City of Cambridge Department of Public Health. Part of the permitting and renewal process requires that MIT CAB/ESCRO submit annual reports, including meeting minutes, to the City of Cambridge Biosafety Committee.  Under the city ordinance, no categories of rDNA based research are exempt from the requirement for CAB/ESCRO Committee registration, review and approval.


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