• 05 Mar 2019 7:26 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    OIE just published new guidelines to address the dual-use condundrum in research, specifically, research into animal pathogens. The guidelines may be found at the following link.

  • 01 Mar 2019 6:17 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    A new study looking at infectious diseases occurring in the workplace in the USA between 2006 and 2015 was published recently. The article and its findings, which may be of value to our members, can be found here.

  • 15 Feb 2019 1:51 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    A new opinion piece on the future of containment has just been published. Interested parties may find the article here.

  • 04 Feb 2019 11:23 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Recently, two articles on room fumigation, including the use of aerosolised hydrogen peroxide, were published in Applied Biosafety.

    Comparison and Validation of Three Fumigation Methods to Inactivate Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus

    Plasma-Activated Aerosolised Hydrogen Peroxide (aHP) in Surface Inactivation Procedures

  • 08 Jan 2019 7:57 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The Federal Office for the Environment published its guidelines for the safe handling of animals in containment. The document may be downloaded here:



  • 14 Dec 2018 9:21 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    EBSA will hold its annual meeting from April 2nd to 5th 2019 in Bucharest, Romania. Further details may be found here.

  • 06 Nov 2018 8:46 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The Public Health Agency of Canada released their latest data on laboratory exposures to pathogens and toxins from the year 2017. The article may be found in the following link.

  • 05 Oct 2018 9:04 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Below you may find links to two recent articles on biosecurity issues our community and the world at large are currently facing. The first article discusses the implications of generating synthetic viruses, while the second article looks at gene drives in agro-sciences and how this may impact our lives.

    If you feel like discussing these issues or simply want to let us know your thoughts on this, please use our forum. We will gladly take your comments and forward them to our national authorities to further discuss future developments in the field.

    Synthetic Viruses - Anything New?

    Agricultural Research or a New Bioweapon System?

  • 18 Sep 2018 11:02 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The UK's Telegraph newspaper filmed parts of a documentary on the threat of bioterrorism during this year's SBNet Meeting talking to a number of participants. Please see the following links for further details:



  • 29 Aug 2018 7:50 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)
    With the passing of Helmut Bachmayer Europe has lost a pioneer of biosafety. His human, humorous and unflustered personality will be sorely missed by many people who were fortunate to have crossed his path. As an expert he was unequalled. He defended scientific meticulousness on all levels vigorously. Helmut influenced processes and guidelines of many companies. His input to the standardisation of biosafety management systems was pivotal. Helmut was also engaged in national and international biosafety associations. His contribution to strengthen biosafety in Europe, co-initiating the industry meetings during the ABSA conference as well as his involvement as a biosafety expert for WHO are just a small number of examples depicting Helmut's influence. His continued interest in all matters of biosafety followed him to the last.

    Additionally, Helmut, with his courses and presentations, was a wonderful trainer and mentor to numerous biosafety experts on both sides of the Atlantic. A great number of people lost a father figure, mentor and friend whom they owe a great amount of gratitude, personally as well as technically.

    It is Helmut's wish that today's biosafety experts continue his curious, vigorous and humorous way to develop and promote biosafety in all its facets.


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