November 4, 2015 - ASM Comments on Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation
That ASM sent comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) regarding an a Request for Information (RFI) on Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation.
ASM Advisory on the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome
The ASM sent out an advisory to members regarding the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome.
December 2, 2015 - ASM Letter Regarding the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome
The ASM sent a letter to Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget regarding the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome. The report was published by the Life Sciences Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council.
November 19, 2015 - ASM Comments on Proposed Changes to Human Subject Protection Regulations (Common Rule)
ASM applauds proposed changes in the Human Subject Protection Regulations that would exclude the use of spent, de-identified human specimens for routine validation of diagnostic tests, as well as other quality assurance activities and asks that that this exclusion from oversight be expanded to include all research on de-identified specimens that do not involve analysis of human genetic material.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
President Obama has proclaimed Nov. 16-22 “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” Get Smart Week builds on the momentum generated at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, where more than 150 organizations pledged to improve antibiotic use and slow the spread of antibiotic resistance.
ASM on Capitol Hill
In November members of the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities participated in a Hill Day. They met with their Senators and Representatives and discussed issues related to the microbial sciences and underrepresented minority scientists.
November 10, 2015 - ASM Recommendations for the FDA FY 2016 Budget
The ASM sent funding recommendations to the Committees on Appropriations for the FDA FY 2016 budget.
October 29, 2015 - White House Releases New Memorandum on Biosafety and Biosecurity Measures
The White House released a memorandum on the next steps to enhance biosafety and biosecurity in the United States. The memo highlights the conduct of parallel federal and broad stakeholder reviews to generate specific recommendations to strengthen the U.S. government's biosafety and biosecurity practices and oversight system.
October is National Biosafety Stewardship Month
The NIH announced that October 2015 is National Biosafety Stewardship Month (NBSM).
October 6, 2015 - ASM Letter in Response to the Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid Point of Care Diagnostic Test Challenge
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is holding a prize competition in which up to $20 million will be made available, subject to the availability of funds, for the delivery of one or more successful rapid point-of-care diagnostics that may be used by health care providers to identify bacterial infections. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are sponsoring the prize competition and invited public comments regarding the technical criteria and performance characteristics of the diagnostics for which the prize will be offered. The development and use of rapid, point-of-care, and innovative diagnostic tests for identification and characterization of resistant bacteria was a goal identified in the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released in September 2014 and addressed in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released in March 2015.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are contributing technical and regulatory expertise to develop the award evaluation process.