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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.

UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.

Superbugs are a 'Fundamental Threat'

If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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Clinical Microbiology Resources

  • Sentinel Laboratory Guidelines
    The ASM has developed guidelines to assist Sentinel Level Clinical Microbiology Laboratories with information and techniques to rule out microorganisms that might be suspected as agents of bioterrorism or associated with an emerging infectious disease, or to refer specimens to public health laboratories for confirmation.

  • Infectious Disease Laboratory Testing
    The ASM Committees on Laboratory Practices and Professional Affairs have developed guidance documents for the detection of infectious diseases. 

  • Influenza
    The ASM developed a resource webpage with information and updates on Influenza.
  • CLSI Meeting Summaries
    The ASM is a member of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).  CLSI’s mission is to develop best practices in clinical and laboratory testing and promote their use throughout the world, using a consensus-driven process that balances the viewpoints of industry, government, and the health care professions.  The ASM has a delegate to the CLSI, responsible for attending Committee meetings and voting on new guidelines on behalf of ASM.  Susan Sharp, Ph.D., is ASM’s delegate and Stephen Cavalieri, Ph.D., is ASM’s alternate delegate. 
  • Biosafety
    DOT Hazmat Final Rule, Large Scale Biosafety Guidelines, Tuberculosis, etc.
  • Workforce Issues
    ASM's Benchmarking Study, which is the final report the 2003 survey of clinical microbiology workloads, productivity rates and staffing vacancies, is now available. The Benchmarking Study, which is a project of the PSAB Committee on Professional Affairs, will enable clinical microbiology labs to measure themselves against peer groups and determine the level of technical skill required for present and future clinical lab procedures.