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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September 2, 2014 - USG Communications about Ensuring Biosafety in US Laboratories

The ASM sent an e-mail to ASM members regarding US Government communications about ensuring biosafety in US laboratories.  The e-mail includes links to a White House memo and an NIH advisory.

09-02-2014

Biosafety

August 28, 2014 - White House Memo: Ensuring Biosafety and Biosecurity in US Laboratories   The Office of Science and Technology Policy sent a memo to all federal departments and agencies involved in life-sciences research urging them to take immediate and longer-term steps aimed at addressing the underlying causes of the...

08-29-2014

Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - August 2014

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

08-28-2014

August 27, 2014 - NIH Announces National Biosafety Stewardship Month

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces National Biosafety Stewardship Month

08-28-2014

e-Public Policy Update - August 2014

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

08-27-2014

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."

08-25-2014

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.

08-22-2014

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.

08-20-2014

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.

08-15-2014

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.

07-31-2014

 
 

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