Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB)
Underlying the ASM's dedication to the advancement of scientific knowledge is its commitment that science serve the public interest. To address scientific matters affecting the public interest, the ASM created the Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) in 1979. The PSAB monitors legislation and regulation and develops positions for the Society on public policy issues. The PSAB encourages the adoption of sound policies affecting science and technology and the discipline of microbiology. The PSAB responds to policy makers who may request or require an understanding of research and technology in microbiology. It also communicates microbiological issues to the public.

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e-Public Policy Update - September 2015

The September issue of the e-Public Policy Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.


August 24, 2015 - ASM Comments on the List of Select Agents and Toxins

The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins.  The comments addressed adding certain Influenza virus strains to the List of Select Agents and Toxins.


August 17, 2015 - ASM Comments on NIH RFI on the Framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan

The ASM submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) RFI on the Framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan.  The comments will help NIH develop a 5-year strategic plan to outline a vision for biomedical research that will pursue fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems...


August 17, 2015 - ASM Comments on Department of State and Commerce Control Regulations for Certain Pathogens

The ASM submitted comments to the US Department of Commerce and the US State Department regarding the Category XIV materials (Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents, and Associated Equipment) included on the United States Munitions List and the Commerce Control List.


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - August 2015

 The August issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities.


August 5, 2015 - DoD Statement on Shipment of Anthrax to Labs

The Department of Defense (DoD) has requested that we post the following statement to ASM members regarding the inadvertent shipment of anthrax to laboratories.


Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - July 2015

The July issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.


July 16, 2015 - Payment Determinations for Calendar Year 2016 for New Clinical Laboratory Tests

The ASM presented recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at its annual public meeting on payment levels for new tests to be included in the 2016 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule.


July 24, 2015 - Request for Comments on NIH Strategic Plan Framework

The ASM has been asked to submit comments on the framework for the new National Institutes of Health strategic plan framework.


Antimicrobial Resistance

June 2, 2015 - ASM Participates in White House Antibiotic Stewardship Forum More than 150 food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders will meet today at the Antibiotic Stewardship Forum at the White House to highlight commitments to implement changes over the next five years to slow...