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Federal Biosafety Initiatives Announcement

This week, the White House asked federally funded labs studying infectious agents to take “immediate steps” to inventory samples and review safety and security procedures in light of several well-publicized incidents, exposures and disturbing discoveries occurring in high-profile, high-containment government laboratories. In response, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has called for a month-long review of policies and procedures, inventory of infectious agents and toxins, and training of all relevant staff. Although federal facilities/laboratories and associated agencies are the primary targets of the “Safety Stand-Down,” institutions receiving funding from federal agencies (e.g. NIH, as does UT) are strongly encouraged to participate in a similar way. 

For more information, please visit the Biosafety Program website.

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