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October 9, 2015, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island
October is National Biosafety Stewardship Month
RE: Office of Science and Technology Policy request for comments regarding impact of the Select Agent Regulations (PDF 86KB)
a letter written by Marian Downing, RBP, CBSP, President, ABSA, to Gerald Epstein, Ph.D. Co-Chair, Fast Track Action Committee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 10 April, 2015
ABSA Position Paper regarding the July 16, 2014 CDC Hearing and GAO Report High Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses (PDF 423KB)
written by the ABSA Unified Oversight Task Force, 25 March, 2015
Re: CDC Anthrax Lab Incident Hearing and Subsequent GAO Report High Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses(PDF 1.16MB)
a letter written by the ABSA Legislative Committee to the US Energy and Commerce Committee, Oversight Investigations, 31 July, 2014
White House memorandum: Enhancing Biosafety and Biosecurity in the United States(PDF 353KB)
a memorandum written by Lisa O. Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and John P. Holdren, Assistant toe the President for Science and Technology
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INFORM: Environmental Impact Statement for Mass Carcass Disposal and an Environmental Assessment for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comments on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for mass carcass management. Additionally, APHIS is also publishing an environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
The draft EIS
The EA and FONSI
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) inadvertently shipped samples containing live Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax) and requested that we post a statement on our website on June 5, 2015. DoD performed a Comprehensive Review and had a press conference on July 23rd to address the results of the investigation. A copy of the Comprehensive Review report and a link to the press conference video is available at http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0615_lab-stats
The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) was founded in 1984 to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of biosafety professionals throughout the world. The Association's goals are to provide a professional association that represents the interests and needs of practitioners of biological safety, and to provide a forum for the continued and timely exchange of biosafety information.
On this official website of the American Biological Safety Association, you can find information about the ABSA Annual Conference, ABSA Review Course, Principles and Practices of Biosafety Course and other educational offerings. There is also extensive information about ABSA's two credentials, the Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) credential, and the Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) credential. The site also contains important biosafety publications such as the Anthology of Biosafety series and Applied Biosafety: Journal of the American Biological Safety Association. If you are interested in becoming an ABSA member, please see ABSA's membership information and membership application. There is also other important biosafety information on this site including: the Risk Group database, Biosafety Links, Biosafety Listserv, White Papers, Job Opportunities, and more. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like additional information.
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October 9-14, 2015
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
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