Biosafety concerns safety within current microbiological activities. This includes the prevention of unintentional exposure to, and the emission of, pathogens, toxins and genetically-modified microorganisms. Work with biological agents (e.g. bacteria, viruses and cell cultures) is controlled by an extensive body of regulations in order to avoid personal injury and damage to the environment. There is a dedicated body of regulations for biological agents that are genetically modified (GMM = genetically modified microorganisms).
What does this have to do with me?
All use of GMM must, according to legislation, be risk assessed as risks may occur. The use of GMM must be classified according to protection level and then classified into one of the administrative categories F, L or R operations. All GMM operations must be reported to the Swedish Work Environment Authority and, in certain cases, permits must be obtained.
Also use of biological agents that are not genetically modified must be risk assessed and carry, in certain cases, the duty to report or apply for permit in order to use them. For biological agents in Risk Class 2 and higher, use must be reported (for Risk Class 2) or permits must be obtained (for Risk Classes 3 and 4) from the Swedish Work Environment Authority.
More information concerning the reporting of genetically modified microorganisms and biological agents can be found in the menu on the left hand side of the screen.
Biosafety Committee at LiU and LiÖ
Linköping University and Östergötland County Council have established a joint Biosafety Committee. This Committee contains all the relevant competence necessary to manage central coordination and advisory services on biosafety issues that are not clearly covered in existing policy documents and guidelines. The Biosafety Committee is to work to ensure safe and environmentally-friendly management of infectious and genetically modified material within Östergötland County Council and Linköping University operations, as well as monitoring compliance with current legislation and guidelines.
Last updated: 2011-10-21