September 5, 2007 - ASM Files Amicus Brief on the Need and Safety of BSL 4 Laboratories in the US

The ASM filed an Amicus Curiae brief in August, which provided information about scientific matters related to the need and safety of Biosafety Level 4 laboratories. The Massachusetts Supreme Court will hear arguments on September 5 in the case involving public opposition to the construction of a federally funded BSL 4 facility, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), at the Boston University Medical Campus. The ASM brief described the tremendous impact on society of infectious diseases and the emergence of new and resistant infectious diseases globally, in the last 30 years, providing information to the Court about the need for high containment laboratories to study pathogens and to develop new vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. The brief described the requirements for strict adherence of high containment laboratories to relevant safety and security standards, practices and procedures, required by government policies.