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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August 25, 2014 - ASM Statement: What is in your Laboratory Freezer?

ASM sent a statement out to ASM members reminding them to practice safe "laboratory housekeeping."


Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing

August 22, 2014 - Laboratory Practices Committee Prepares Ebola Guidance Document - The PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices has prepared a document to assist laboratory personnel with testing in accordance with the current CDC Ebola Interim Guidance.


August 20, 2014 - ASM Comments to FDA on Rapid Influenza Test Classification

ASM commented on an FDA proposal to reclassify antigen based rapid influenza virus antigen detection test systems intended to detect influenza virus directly from clinical specimens.


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - August 2014

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


ASM Statement on Dual Use Research of Concern and Biosafety

The ASM sent a statement to ASM members on Dual Use Research of Concern and Biosafety.


Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - July 2014

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


e-Public Policy Update - July 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.


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.


July 21, 2014 - ASM Statement on Recent Biosafety Lapses

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


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).