• 14 Feb 2020 7:21 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    WHO has published its interim guidance for laboratory biosafety related to 2019-nCoV/COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. Please refer to the following links for further details:

    Laboratory guidance

    Laboratory biosafety

  • 03 Feb 2020 2:34 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The following biosafety guidelines are available to assist laboratories in the safe handling of samples containing the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). 

  • 02 Feb 2020 8:22 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    SBNet is now officially affiliated with ABSA International. Amongst other benefits, SBNet members profit from a 30% discount to the Journal "Applied Biosafety". Please check the members' section for further details.

  • 24 Jan 2020 12:24 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    A new App for biosafety professionals may be downloaded from the Biological Risk Management Network.

    Following the direct links for:



  • 20 Jan 2020 1:48 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The purpose of this document is to provide interim guidance to laboratories and stakeholders involved in laboratory testing of patients who meet the definition of suspected case of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China.

    For more information, please see the following link.

  • 13 Jan 2020 7:09 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Friedrich-Löffler Institute (FLI) published recommendations for disinfections in case of animal disease outbreaks. Please see the following link for further details.

  • 08 Jan 2020 7:56 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    Although not directly biosafety related, the review article on academic lab safety published in Nature Chemistry may be of interest. We would like to quote the following paragraph from the article, which, we believe, very nicely summarises challenges also found within our field:

    "The benefits of establishing academic lab safety research programmes
    would be substantial. Ultimately, the goal would be to decrease the rate and severity of accidents in academic labs, ensure that lab personnel stay safe and healthy, and that equipment, laboratory and buildings are protected. This is also likely to have a spillover effect into industry — better-trained, more safety-conscious students would make better industrial employees. Undoubtedly, there would be financial savings related to the cost of accidents, insurance rates and lawsuits."

    For more details, please see the following link.

  • 06 Jan 2020 4:00 PM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)
    ISO 35001: Biorisk management for laboratories and other related organizations has been published. This document defines a process to identify, assess, control, and monitor the risks associated with hazardous biological materials. This document is applicable to any laboratory or other organization that works with, stores, transports, and/or disposes of hazardous biological materials. This document is intended to complement existing International Standards for laboratories.

    For further details, please click here.

  • 17 Dec 2019 10:21 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    The World Health Organization commemorated the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication today, recognizing the historic moment on 9 December 1979 when the end of smallpox was confirmed to have been eradicated. Five months later, in May 1980, the 33rd World Health Assembly issued its official declaration that ‘the world and all its peoples have won freedom from smallpox’.

    Please see the following link for more information.

  • 10 Dec 2019 11:33 AM | Daniel Kümin (Administrator)

    German LabConCert in collaboration with HT Lab Tec GmbH offers another webinar in their series entitled "System solutions for critical rooms in hospitals and laboratories". The webinar slated for December 12th 2019 will be presented by Claus Schweinheim who will discuss tightness requirements and test methods for different room types. Please see the following links for further details:



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