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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July 21, 2014 - ASM Letter Regarding the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act

The ASM sent a letter to Senator Tom Harkin thanking him for the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act and his leadership regarding funding for the National Institutes of Health.

07-21-2014

July 21, 2014 - ASM Statement on Recent Biosafety Lapses

The ASM sent the following statement to ASM members regarding the recent biosafety lapses. 

07-21-2014

Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - July 2014

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

07-16-2014

July 14, 2014 - ASM Provides Comments on the Protecting Access to Medicare Act to CMS

ASM provided comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Section 1834A, “Improving Policies for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests,” added to the Social Security Law by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA).

07-15-2014

July 14, 2014 - Payment Determinations for Calendar Year 2015 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 2015 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule.

07-15-2014

Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - June 2014

The June issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs. The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.Please login at the top-right or to become a member, join ASM.

06-18-2014

June 16, 2014 - ASM Letter Concerning DOE Authorization Bill

The ASM sent a letter to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee regarding the DOE authorization bill that would make significant cuts in R&D funding for the energy and environmental sciences.

06-16-2014

Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing

ASM and CLSI Release White Paper on MSSA and Ceftriaxone EtestsThe PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) have prepared MSSA and Ceftriaxone Etest issue:  CLSI & ASM White Paper to discuss claims in a retracted paper that 60% of methicillin sensitive S. aureus  (MSSA)...

06-10-2014

e-Public Policy Update - May 2014

The March issue of the e-Public Policy Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs. The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.Please login at the top-right or to become a member, join ASM.

05-14-2014

ASM Joins Campaign to Close the Innovation Deficit

The ASM joined 50 other organizations in a campaign to highlight Closing the Innovation Deficit.

05-08-2014

 
 

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