September 25, 2014 - United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences DURC
On September 24 the United States Government issued the final US Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC. The Office of Public Affairs sent a notice to members about the Oversight document.
The ASM sent a statement on the Ebola response to members.
September 10, 2014 - Laboratory Practices Committee Revises Ebola Guidance Document
After 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 in accordance with the current CDC Ebola Interim Guidance.
NIGMS seeks comments on their draft strategic plan. ASM requests member comments to help formulate the Society's response.
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.