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Next steps: Biosafety and biosecurity at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Published Date:
    12/16/14
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of the Director.
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    On August 18, 2014 Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology John Holdren issued a memorandum titled, “Enhancing Biosafety and Biosecurity in the United States,” which urged all United States Government departments and agencies that work with infectious agents to take immediate and long-term steps to enhance safety and security of research to minimize the potential for future incidents. All United States Government departments and agencies that possess, use, or transfer human, animal, or plant infectious agents or toxins were urged to perform a Safety Stand-Down, to include an immediate sweep of their facilities to verify that all Biological Select Agents and Toxins in their possession were appropriately registered, stored, and disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations.

    In July 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a careful and deliberate review of its biosafety and biosecurity protocols and implemented a series of measures to improve laboratory safety practices across the agency, including a comprehensive search of laboratory and associated spaces to identify Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) and ensure their proper registration, safe stewardship, and secure storage or disposal, among other measures. These measures also fulfill the immediate and long-term steps called for in the August 18, 2014 memorandum. CDC released a fact sheet describing its activities undertaken as part of the “Safety Stand Down.”

    For a summary of the U.S. Government-wide Safety Stand-Down, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/about/lab- safety.

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