• 02 Aug 2021 12:20 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    IFBA are now inviting abstract submissions to be considered for presentation at the IFBA’s biosafety and biosecurity conference “A Vision of Tomorrow”, to be held virtually November 1-3, 2021. All abstract submissions must be submitted through the online submission platform no later than September 10th.

    For further conference details and instructions for submitting your abstract please visit:

    While we are unable to meet in person this year, we are excited to gather our international biosafety community together virtually. Join us for this dynamic and engaging event, interact and connect with colleagues from around the world, and be part of the ideas and innovations that will define biosafety and biosecurity in the years to come.

  • 29 Jul 2021 1:12 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    France issues moratorium on prion research after fatal brain disease strikes two lab workers.

    See the following link for more details.

  • 02 Jun 2021 1:40 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Please refer to the following article for further information.

  • 28 May 2021 1:37 PM | Yves Hartmann (Administrator)

    Find a collection of some iInformation resources on disinfectants in the professional forum.

  • 28 May 2021 1:35 PM | Yves Hartmann (Administrator)

    Locate every BSL4 Lab around the world:

    Follow Link

  • 26 Apr 2021 1:31 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    An article by Hills et. al. on Zika virus laboratory-associated infections in the US was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The article may be downloaded at the following link.

  • 09 Feb 2021 5:26 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    WHO LBM4 – Biorisk management beyond risk groups and biosafety levels

    March 4th, 13:00-15:00 CET
    Free for EBSA members, non-members pay 40 euro.

    Link for further information and registration.

  • 14 Jan 2021 5:30 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Please be advised that the 4th edition of the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual, together with the 7 supplemental monographs, has now been published. The 4th edition adopts a risk-based approach allowing for optimal use of resources and sustainable biosafety and biosecurity practices relevant to each laboratory's unique situation. Subject-specific monographs providing more detailed information have been included in the following areas:

    - risk assessment

    - laboratory design & maintenance

    - biosafety cabinets

    - personal protective equipment 

    - decontamination & waste management

    - biosafety program management

    - outbreak preparedness & resilience

    You may access the manual and each of the monographs at the following link: Laboratory biosafety manual, 4th edition.

  • 11 Jan 2021 11:53 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    An interesting article on measures taken during the plague in the 16th century and how it compares to what is currently in place in many countries to combat SARS-CoV-2 was published by the BBC. Please see the following link for further details.

  • 01 Dec 2020 7:23 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Dear ABSA Affiliate Officers;

    The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is pleased to once again offer remote viewing of our Technical Series Seminars this year to all ABSA affiliates.  ChABSA is excited to provide our local, national and global members with a variety of Biosafety related development seminars in the areas of Biosafety related techniques and oversight, Biosecurity and Biosafety related Science.  Similar to other ABSA affiliated events, attendance to any ChABSA Technical seminar will count toward the Credentialing Maintenance (CM) Points For the Professional Biosafety Certification (RBP/CBSP) and other Professional Safety Certifications (CIH/CSP).  ChABSA has partnered with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Managers (AHMP) Cyber Chapter to allow participants to view and participate in each of our technical seminars. 

    The dates for the upcoming ChABSA Technical Seminar Series for the 2020-2021 year are:

    • September 15, 2020
    • November 17, 2020
    • December 2nd, 2020 (see presentation info below)
    • January 14, 2021
    • March 9, 2021
    • May 11, 2021

    ChABSA will provide updates regarding the content of each seminar dates listed above in the near future.  Due to the challenges of the Global Novel Coronavirus Pandemic ChABSA is pleased to offer access to all “Virtual Only” Technical Seminars free of charge for all ABSA affiliated members.  ChABSA would appreciate it if you filled in your ABSA affiliation information when you register for this event using the link information below.  If you are interested in supporting ChABSA to help off-set the cost for providing these virtual seminars, please register for a ChABSA membership.  Membership registration information is below.

    ChABSA membership:

    ChABSA, the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association, is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) established in 1987.  It’s members span many different professional disciplines in Public, Private, Academic, Military and Commercial business sectors.  Many of our ChABSA members have become Presidents and Council members of ABSA. 

    The benefits of becoming a ChABSA member include:

    1. Free remote access to all of our Technical Seminars (5 total which will provide 2.5 CM points)
    2. Reduced pricing for our Annual Scientific Symposium and Pre-Symposium Workshop Professional Development Classes
    3. Email notification of local Maryland, DC, Virginia Biosafety related job opportunities
    4. Ability to volunteer within several different ChABSA related planning committees to increase member networking opportunities

    Membership registration is done directly through our webpage ( or by clicking on the following link:

    ChABSA has three different membership options:

    • Student Membership: A matriculated student with an interest in biological safety shall be eligible for Student Membership. Student Members shall neither have the right to vote nor the right to hold elective office. Cost: $5.00
    • Individual Membership: Any person with an interest in biological safety shall be eligible for Individual Membership. Individual Members shall be eligible to vote, to hold office, to serve on committees, and to enjoy other rights of the Association. Cost: $25.00
    • Corporate Membership: Any company or organization with an interest in biological safety shall be eligible for Corporate Membership. Each Corporate Member may designate up to three persons as Individual Members. Each of these three individuals shall be eligible to vote, to hold office, to serve on committees, and to enjoy other rights of the Association. Cost: $75.00

    Additional ChABSA information can be found on the internet by visiting ChABSA’s main webpage:

    December 2nd , 2020 Seminar Information:

    This is a virtual only meeting!!!!

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