Sec. 20551. (1) A laboratory or other place where live bacteria, fungi, mycoplasma, parasites,
viruses, or other microorganisms of a pathogenic nature are handled, cultivated, sold,
given away, or shipped from or to or where recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid research
is done shall be registered with the department, and a registration number shall be
issued to each place registered. An application for a registration number shall be made by the person in charge of
the laboratory or other place where the pathogens are handled or where recombinant
deoxyribonucleic acid research is done. The registration number is valid for 1 year and 2 may be renewed upon application
to the department.
(2) As used in this section and section 20552, 1 “handled”, “cultivated”, or “shipped” does not include the collection of specimens,
the initial inoculation of specimens into transport media or culture media, or the
shipment to registered laboratories, but does include any additional work performed
on cultivated pathogenic microorganisms or any recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid research
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