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The NIH Division of Biologics Standards (DBS) licensed the rubella vaccine for use in June 1969. Explore this selection of items from the NLM Digital Collections to discover how scientists working at the DBS set policy, conducted research, and enforced standards to ensure the safety of vaccines.

A photo of a building

NIH Building 29 housed the Division of Biologics Standards, photograph by N. MacVicar, undated

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DBS’s staff grew rapidly in its early years. In 1960, nearly 190 staff members were spread across the campus in five buildings. Consolidating most of the staff under one roof facilitated cooperation and research among the various laboratories, researchers, and staff members. The building included state-of-the-art laboratories, a library, and flexible meeting spaces.

In 2018, building 29 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.