The “New and Improved” Select Agent Program

The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) has recently gone through major changes in their processes and interactions with registered entities.  One major change of note, is the new relationship emerging between the FSAP and ABSA.

In July, ABSA launched a new online forum for Select Agent users. The forum allows registered users to discuss the use of Select Agents.  This forum is a secure site that allows individuals to interact and to learn from each other to improve their programs.  Also, the feedback obtained from this forum will also be anonymously submitted back to FSAP for clarification and to drive change.  In addition, webinars and an in-person symposium will be held as part of the online forum. The events topics were chosen by the registered forum users themselves.

Zika virus; What is the Risk Assesment

Zika virus is a new and emerging pathogen that is impacting many people across the Americas.  With the increased drive for an effective treatment, Zika virus research will be increasing in many laboratories.  The biosafety risk assessment will be important to guide safe work practices when tackling this new agent.

Ebola, one year later

One year ago the largest Ebola outbreak began in March of 2014 the public Health authorities of Guinea reported an outbreak of Ebola. Now, in April 2015, more than 25,000 suspected cases of Ebola have occurred. This outbreak, while centered in Western Africa, has touched the lives of many around the world. Unfortunately, case counts are still rising and people are still dying from the disease.

MERS Not New to Camels

MERS virus continues to be a puzzle that scientists are racing to put together. The latest piece of the MERS puzzle is camels and it dates back for 20 years. MERS virus has now been confirmed in 189 people, 82 of which died from the disease.