Annals of Health Law
3. Established numerous licensing requirements for containment
laboratories in the State; 100 and
4. Required the Governor of Maryland to establish a Containment
Laboratory Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of
DHMH on matters related to the implementation of the above-listed provisions, and requiring that the membership of the
Advisory Committee include representatives from several State
government agencies, private and academic containment
laboratories in the State, and at least “two members of the
general public living in counties where private containment
Although the Bill received an unfavorable vote in the Maryland Senate
Finance Committee,102 the concerns raised received enough interest among
legislators that DHMH “made a commitment to [the Maryland] Senate
Finance and House Health and Government Operations Committees to
establish and conduct [a Bio-Containment Laboratories Oversight
W]orkgroup to study and make recommendations regarding the State[‘]s
regulation of biocontainment.”103 Entirely a DHMH administrative
initiative rather than an “official assignment” of the legislature, the
workgroup has the stated purpose of assessing “community concerns
regarding the health and safety issues associated with biosafety containment
laboratories operating in the State and to identify any gaps that may exist in
the State’s regulatory oversight of these facilities” and “the potential for the
streamlining of containment laboratory regulations and the regulatory
oversight performed by State government.”104 The workgroup is scheduled
100. S. B. 758, § 1, Gen. Assemb., 430th Sess. (Md. 2012) (to be codified at MD. CODE.
ANN., HEALTH-GEN. §§ 17-705 to -711).
101. S. B. 758, § 1, Gen. Assem., 430th Sess. (Md. 2012) (to be codified as MD. CODE.
ANN., HEALTH-GEN. §17-712) (emphasis added).
102. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Containment Laboratories –
Oversight: Hearing on S. B. 758 Before the S. Fin. Comm., 430th Sess. (Md. 2012), available
103. Robert A. Myers PhD, Dir., Md. Dep’t of Health and Mental Hygiene, Lab.
Admin., Presentation to the Bio-Containment Laboratories Oversight Workgroup 1, 5 (Oct.
2, 2012) (transcript available at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/laboratories/containment/
Mabeus, 2 CLCAC Members on Md. Oversight Committee, FREDERICK NEWS POST, Sept. 16,
2012, www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=140784; Md. Dep’t
of Health & Mental Hygiene, Biocontainment Laboratories Oversight Workgroup, (last
visited Feb. 26, 2013), http://dhmh.maryland.gov/laboratories/containment/SitePages/