Soliciting Stakeholder Input for a Revision of “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories”

Welcome to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s page on Soliciting Stakeholder Input for a Revision of “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories.”

Since its publication by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1984 the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) has become the cornerstone of the practice of biosafety in the United States and in many countries around the world. The BMBL has been revised periodically over the past three decades to refine the guidance it provides based on new knowledge and experiences – allowing it to remain as a relevant, valuable, and authoritative reference for the microbiological and biomedical community.

Seven years after the release of the BMBL 5th edition, a revision based on input from a broader set of stakeholders is being considered by the NIH and the CDC. This virtual town hall has been created for users of the BMBL to share their thoughts on the next revision of this document, particularly which information should be deleted, modified, or added. Common themes from this virtual town hall will be further discussed in a workshop on May 12, 2016 in Washington, DC, click here to register. The virtual town hall will be open for comments from April 4 to May 20, 2016. The virtual town hall and workshop will be moderated by a 3-person steering committee appointed by the Academies. For more information on the members of the committee, click on the steering committee tab at the top of this page.

To participate in the virtual town hall discussion, click on the virtual town hall tab at the top of this page and select which section you would like to comment on. To make a general comment, select the general comments page. 

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