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  • 24 Jan 2022 5:50 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Find a recently published article on handling Burkholderia pseudomallei outside a BSC at the following link.

  • 06 Jan 2022 4:04 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The Youth Declaration for Biosecurity is a call-to-action from the next generation of biosecurity professionals to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) community, containing policy recommendations from young leaders to support youth participation in global biosecurity. It was launched in the margins of the BWC Meeting of States Parties in November 2021 and is still open for endorsements.

  • 06 Jan 2022 4:02 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    As we embark on this new year, the IFBA is pleased to present it’s strategic plan, “A Vision of Tomorrow”, which sets the direction for our organization until 2025. This plan is reflective of the valuable input and feedback we received over the past year from our Member Biosafety Associations, key partners and the international biosafety community. Centered around 5 strategic priorities, the plan represents an ambitious and innovative path forward and highlights the importance of inclusiveness and sustainability for our future.

    Click here to read the plan’s 5 strategic priorities and how we will collectively make our “Vision of Tomorrow” a reality.


  • 17 Dec 2021 12:21 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    A Taiwanese researcher contracted SARS-CoV-2 while working with infected mice in a biosafety level 3 laboratory at the Genomics Research Center of Academia Sinica in Taipei, in the first known case of laboratory transmission of the virus. Authorities suspect the vaccinated researcher was infected via a mouse bite. The genomic sequence of the variant infecting the researcher matched that of the lab’s mice and not strains in the surrounding community, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center reported on 11 December. More than 800 potential contacts have tested negative, and Academia Sinica has promised an investigation and a review of the lab’s safety procedures. The incident is likely to bolster claims that a lab leak could have sparked the pandemic.

    Link


  • 07 Oct 2021 3:37 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The so-called “gain of function” research has been recently debated in the context of viral research on coronaviruses and whether it is too risky to undertake such experiments. However, the meaning of “gain of function” or “GOF” in a science policy context has changed over time. The term was originally coined to describe two controversial research projects on H5N1 avian influenza virus and was later applied to specific experiments on coronavirus. Subsequent policies and discussions have attempted to define GOF in different ways, but no single definition has been widely accepted by the community. The fuzzy and imprecise nature of the term has led to misunderstandings and has hampered discussions on how to properly assess the benefit of such experiments and biosafety measures.

    Please see the following link for more details.

  • 21 Sep 2021 11:38 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    4. Journée suissepro

    Interdisziplinarität und Unternehmenskultur

    Am 15. September 2022 findet die 4. Fachtagung / Journée suissepro im Hotel National, Bern, statt.

    Die Tagung wendet sich an Fachkräfte im Gebiet Sicherheit und Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz, sowie an Führungskräfte.

    Die Technik und die  Globalisierung haben die Bedingungen und das Umfeld der Arbeit stark verändert, mit möglichen negativen Auswirkungen auf die Gesundheit der Arbeitnehmenden. Die aktuelle Pandemie COVID-19 beeinflusst die Arbeitsweise in Unternehmen. Die Unternehmenskultur (z.B. Führung, Interaktion, Kommunikation) kann wesentlich zur Gesundheit der Mitarbeitenden beitragen. Namhafte Referentinnen und Referenten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis werden unterschiedliche Aspekte zu diesem Themenkomplex aufzeigen.  

    4ème Journée suissepro

    Interdisciplinarité et culture d’entreprise

    Le 15 septembre 2022 la 4ème Conférence Journée suissepro aura lieu à l’Hôtel National à Berne.

    La conférence s’adresse aux managers et responsables RH des entreprises. La globalisation de l’économie a fortement modifié l’organisation et les conditions de travail et a engendré de sérieux problèmes pour la santé des personnes actives. La crise actuelle avec la Pandémie COVID 19 a changé la façon de travailler dans les entreprises et l’un des facteurs clés qui influence la santé des collaborateurs.trices est la culture de l’entreprise où la collaboration, la communication, les interactions avec la direction jouent un rôle crucial. Des orateurs de premier plan au niveau scientifique et pratique vont présenter ce thème complexe sous différents angles.

  • 26 Aug 2021 10:50 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    An article was recently published in Emerging Infectious Diseases detailing the laboratory exposure to Brucella canis. More details may be found here.

  • 23 Aug 2021 10:13 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The new guideline may be downloaded at the following link (not available in English).

  • 02 Aug 2021 12:20 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    IFBA are now inviting abstract submissions to be considered for presentation at the IFBA’s biosafety and biosecurity conference “A Vision of Tomorrow”, to be held virtually November 1-3, 2021. All abstract submissions must be submitted through the online submission platform no later than September 10th.

    For further conference details and instructions for submitting your abstract please visit:

    https://internationalbiosafety.org/news-events/ifba-biosafety-conference/

    While we are unable to meet in person this year, we are excited to gather our international biosafety community together virtually. Join us for this dynamic and engaging event, interact and connect with colleagues from around the world, and be part of the ideas and innovations that will define biosafety and biosecurity in the years to come.


  • 29 Jul 2021 1:12 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    France issues moratorium on prion research after fatal brain disease strikes two lab workers.

    See the following link for more details.


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