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  • 15 May 2020 4:36 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    After careful consideration regarding the ongoing spread of COVID-19 Council decided not to go ahead with the SBNet 2020 Annual Meeting in Zürich (August 20th - 21st, 2020).

    We have been monitoring the coronavirus situation with the health, safety, and well-being of our guests in mind.

    Nevertheless, we are very happy to announce that we will organise a free Webinar on the afternoon of August 20th and that we attempt to postpone the meeting in Zürich to 2021 (August 26th - 27th).

    We ask for your patience as we work diligently to prepare the webinar and provide additional information to you.

    Also, we kindly ask registrants who have already paid their fees to contact the SBNet office regarding a refund.

    Stay healthy and take care!


  • 14 May 2020 11:28 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    WHO has published interim biosafety guidelines for work with SARS-CoV-2. The document can be accessed here.

  • 08 Apr 2020 9:05 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Public Health England issued a guide on the safe handling and processing of SARS-CoV-2 laboratory samples. Details may be found here.

  • 24 Mar 2020 10:08 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Please refer to the following article looking at disinfectants that inactivate SARS-CoV-2.

  • 06 Mar 2020 7:34 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    An interesting article on how hand sanitisers work, including some training material, can be found at this link.

    In times of near mass hysteria and bulk buying of hand sanitisers and face masks as well as stocking large amounts of food, it is important to remember what we have in the arsenal to use in the fight against infectious diseases and how it works. The article also contains a great link to an article on Ignaz Semmelweiss who was the first to observe that doctors washing their hands before baby deliveries drastically reduced the number of women who died after childbirth. A timely reminder of the importance for hand-washing.

  • 05 Mar 2020 7:44 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the USA updated their publication on Practices in Occupational Risk Assessment. Interested parties should follow this link

  • 05 Mar 2020 7:39 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Nature just published an article in their career feature series on biosafety professionals. You may find the article here.

  • 14 Feb 2020 7:21 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    WHO has published its interim guidance for laboratory biosafety related to 2019-nCoV/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. Please refer to the following links for further details:

    Laboratory guidance

    Laboratory biosafety

  • 03 Feb 2020 2:34 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The following biosafety guidelines are available to assist laboratories in the safe handling of samples containing the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 

  • 02 Feb 2020 8:22 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    SBNet is now officially affiliated with ABSA International. Amongst other benefits, SBNet members profit from a 30% discount to the Journal "Applied Biosafety". Please check the members' section for further details.

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