• 19 Jun 2017 12:08 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)
    In September this year, an international course concerning the principles of biosafety will be organized by the University of Antwerp, Ghent University, the Université de Namur and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with the Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit of the Scientific Institute of Public Health and the company Perseus.


  • 29 May 2017 11:34 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) organises a meeting on gene drives on September 18th 2017 in Ittigen. Further details may be found at the following link or here.

  • 22 May 2017 11:19 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)
    The French society of microbiology (SFM) will celebrate its 80th anniversary during the 13th national congress held from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th October 2017 in Paris at the "Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie".

    One theme will be dedicated to biosafety and biosecurity.

    Don't hesitate to submit your abstract for poster or oral communication (deadline: 30th June 2017)

    Click here to access to the preliminary program

  • 22 May 2017 11:16 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)
    Swiss Academies Report 12 (3)

    Misuse potential and biosecurity in life sciences research 

    A discussion basis for scientists on how to address the dual use dilemma of biological research

     The report is availalbe in English, French, German and Italian (you can switch to different languages at the top right corner).

  • 31 Mar 2017 7:54 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    This year's EBSA conference will take place in Madrid, Spain between April 25th and 28th. For further information please see the following link.

  • 31 Mar 2017 7:47 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The safe handling of microorganisms in the teaching laboratory is a top priority. However, in the absence of a standard set of biosafety guidelines tailored to the teaching laboratory, individual educators and institutions have been left to develop their own plans. This has resulted in a lack of consistency, and differing levels of biosafety practices across institutions. Influenced by the lack of clear guidelines and a recent outbreak of Salmonella infections that was traced backed to teaching laboratory exposures, the Education Board of the American Society for Microbiology charged a task force to develop a uniform set of biosafety guidelines for working with microorganisms in the teaching laboratory. These guidelines represent best practices for safely handling microbes, based on the safety requirements found in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)'s Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). Guidelines for safely handling microbes at both biosafety level 1 (BSL1) and at biosafety level 2 (BSL2) were developed. The guidelines are brief by design for ease of use and provide educators with a clear and consistent way to safely work with microorganisms in the teaching laboratory.


  • 10 Jan 2017 10:57 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The symposium will take place on Friday, February 3rd 2017, 14:00 - 16:00, Campus Irchel, University of Zurich.

    More information may be found here.

  • 10 Jan 2017 10:55 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Federal officials today released a plan to help U.S. agencies decide whether to fund controversial studies that make viruses more dangerous. The guidance may finally bring an end to a moratorium that has kept a handful of experiments funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on hold for more than 2 years.

    The policy may be found here.

  • 23 Dec 2016 7:13 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Hazardous substance information system of the German Social Accident Insurance

    The GESTIS Biological Agents Database contains information for safe activities with biological agents at the workplace, e.g. the required technical, organisational and personal protection measures in the case of specific activities in laboratories, biotechnology and the husbandry of laboratory animals. It also supplies information on important properties of the various biological agents, e.g. their occurrence and pathogenic properties. It contains data on about 15000 biological agents. Information on activities in other sectors where biological agents may possibly occur (so-called "non-specific" activities, e.g. litter service or waste water industry) can be found in non-specific activity data sheets.


  • 21 Oct 2016 2:58 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    A new guidance document on the chemical inactivation of organisms in liquids may be found on the following website (only German).

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