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.

What's New in Public Policy?

Prev Next

September 17, 2014 - ASM Statement on Ebola Response

The ASM sent a statement to members of Congress regarding the response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa encouraging additional support for research and public health programs.


September 16, 2014 - NIGMS Seeks Comments on Strategic Plan

NIGMS seeks comments on their draft strategic plan.  ASM requests member comments to help formulate the Society's response.


Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - September 2014

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


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.



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...


Clinical Microbiology Issues Update - August 2014

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


August 27, 2014 - NIH Announces National Biosafety Stewardship Month

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


e-Public Policy Update - August 2014

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


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

September 10, 2014 - Laboratory Practices Committee Revises Ebola Guidance DocumentAfter consultation with CDC Personnel, the PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices has revised the “Interim Laboratory Guidelines for Handling/Testing Specimens from Cases or Suspected Cases of Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (HFV)”.  The guideline was prepared to assist laboratory personnel with testing...