Announcement of Public Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test Challenge

As a part of the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a prize competition 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.

May 19, 2015 - US Government Meeting on DURC

The US Government will hold a meeting for interested stakeholders to discuss implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern on July 22. 

March 27, 2015 - White House Releases National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

On March 27, 2015 the White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

March 16, 2015 - OSTP Releases Request for Comments on the Select Agent Regulations

The Office of Science and Technology Policy released a request for comment on regarding the impact that the Select Agent Regulations (SAR) have had on science, technology, and national security, and on the benefits, costs, and limitations of these regulations.

April 9, 2015 - Laboratory Practices Committee Prepares Endoscopy Document

The PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices prepared On The Question of Culturing of Duodenoscopes to address the unique challenges of pathogen identification in cases of infections associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy.

October 17, 2014 - USG Launches Deliberative Process on Gain-of-Function Research

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that the U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in order to develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research.

April 8, 2015 - NIH RFI on Funding and Strategies to Improve Sustainability of Research

The National Institutes of Health released a request for information (RFI) on optimizing funding policies and “other strategies to improve the impact and sustainability of the NIH-funded biomedical research enterprise.”  

October 2, 2014 - ASM Provides Ebola Resources for Clinical Laboratory Scientists

The ASM sent out a notice to clinical members about Ebola Virus resources.