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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Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - April 2015

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


e-Public Policy Update - April 2015

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


April 21, 2015 - Energy & Environment Provisions in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2016

The ASM sent a letter to members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about provisions in the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2016, H.R. 1806.


ASM Celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Dear Colleague: ASM is a supporter of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) April 19-25, 2015 and salutes the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the United States each year.  The theme for Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, “Get Results”...


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - April 2015

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


April 9, 2015 - Laboratory Practices Committee Prepares Endoscopy Document

The PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices prepared On The Question of Culturing of Duodenoscopes to address the unique challenges of pathogen identification in cases of infections associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy.


April 8, 2015 - NIH RFI on Funding and Strategies to Improve Sustainability of Research

The National Institutes of Health released a request for information (RFI) on optimizing funding policies and “other strategies to improve the impact and sustainability of the NIH-funded biomedical research enterprise.”  


April 7, 2015 - ASM Comments on Impact of Select Agent Regulations

The ASM submitted comments in response to the Office of Science and Technology and Policy's request for comment on the impact that the Select Agent Regulations have had on science, technology, and national security, and on the benefits, costs, and limitations of the regulations.


April 7, 2015 - ASM Comments on Select Agent Regulations Biennial Review

The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control on the Biennial Review of the Select Agent Regulations.


March 27, 2015 - White House Releases National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

On March 27, 2015 the White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.