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  • 14 Aug 2020 11:08 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Please see the following link re. the recent publication by Fischer, et al. on low-cost measurement of face-mask efficacy and their comparison of different types of face-masks. Very pertinent information during these trying times and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

  • 30 Jul 2020 11:31 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Skan Pure Solutions in collaboration with the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) have just announced a new event that may be of interest to our members.

    Corona Stories - Expert Experiences from Industry, Research, Public Health and Governmental Authorities.

    Please see the following link for further details and how to register for the event.

  • 24 Jul 2020 2:21 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    We would like to draw your attention to the recently published "WHO Guidance on Implementing Regulatory Requirements for Biosafety & Biosecurity in Biomedical Laboratories: A Step-Wise Approach".  The document provides practical information and guidelines designed to support policy-makers and national regulatory bodies to develop and strengthen national biosafety and biosecurity regulatory frameworks. The document may be accessed at the following link.

  • 06 Jul 2020 8:22 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Brandel et al. describe the outbreak of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease following an exposure 7.5 years prior. Please see the following link for more details.

  • 23 Jun 2020 9:34 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Emerging Infectious Diseases published an article on a laboratory-associated Dengue virus infection where the authors speculate it may have been caused by an improper doffing of gloves. The article may be downloaded here.

    As an aid for training re. doffing of gloves, we recommend the following link.

  • 15 May 2020 4:36 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    After careful consideration regarding the ongoing spread of COVID-19 Council decided not to go ahead with the SBNet 2020 Annual Meeting in Zürich (August 20th - 21st, 2020).

    We have been monitoring the coronavirus situation with the health, safety, and well-being of our guests in mind.

    Nevertheless, we are very happy to announce that we will organise a free Webinar on the afternoon of August 20th and that we attempt to postpone the meeting in Zürich to 2021 (August 26th - 27th).

    We ask for your patience as we work diligently to prepare the webinar and provide additional information to you.

    Also, we kindly ask registrants who have already paid their fees to contact the SBNet office regarding a refund.

    Stay healthy and take care!


  • 14 May 2020 11:28 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    WHO has published interim biosafety guidelines for work with SARS-CoV-2. The document can be accessed here.

  • 08 Apr 2020 9:05 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Public Health England issued a guide on the safe handling and processing of SARS-CoV-2 laboratory samples. Details may be found here.

  • 24 Mar 2020 10:08 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Please refer to the following article looking at disinfectants that inactivate SARS-CoV-2.

  • 06 Mar 2020 7:34 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    An interesting article on how hand sanitisers work, including some training material, can be found at this link.

    In times of near mass hysteria and bulk buying of hand sanitisers and face masks as well as stocking large amounts of food, it is important to remember what we have in the arsenal to use in the fight against infectious diseases and how it works. The article also contains a great link to an article on Ignaz Semmelweiss who was the first to observe that doctors washing their hands before baby deliveries drastically reduced the number of women who died after childbirth. A timely reminder of the importance for hand-washing.

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