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The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)

Special Committee on Biorisk Management (SCBRM)

Special Committee on Biorisk Management (SCBRM) provide guidance on training including the Minimum Standards; and support needs of the FMD Biorisk management community. This means to provide assistance to training initiatives of the commission It aims to  maintain an overview of development in biocontainment and improve the channel of communication with experts in member states who have FMDV Biorisk management responsibilities.

Name

Country

Title

Kirsten Tjørnehøj (Chairperson)

Denmark

Senior Adviser Biosafety Officer, Division for Diagnostics and Scientific Advice, National Veterinary Institute Technical University of Denmark

Ulrika Allard

Sweden

Biosafety Officer, Swedish National Veterinary Institute

Cesare Bernieri

Italy

Researcher, Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna (IZSLER)

Michael Eschbaumer

Germany

Head of FMD National Reference Laboratory, Friedrich-Loeffler Institute

Graeme Harkess

United Kingdom

Biosafety Officer, The Pirbright Institute

Stephan Karlen

Switzerland

Biosafety Scientific Officer, The Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI)

Douwe Kuperus

Netherlands

Biosafety Officer, Wageningen Veterinary Research

Ronan O’Neill

Ireland

Head of the Virology Division, Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine, Ireland

Gonzalo Pascual

Spain

Head of Biosecurity and Biocontainment and Director of the FAO Reference Center on Biological Risk Management, Centro De Investigación en Sanidad Animal

"Minimum standards for Laboratories working with Foot-and-Mouth Disease virus in vitro and in vivo"

On the 28th April 2009, the Minimum Standards for Laboratories working with foot-and- mouth disease virus in vitro and in vivo" was adopted at the 38th General Session of EUFMD. The Minimums Standard had superseded the prior Standards (1993 and 1985). During the 40th General Session of the EuFMD Commission, further the Minimum Standards were revised.

Revisions had been introduced into the new “MBRM Standards for FMD Contingency laboratories”. The technical content of the “Minimum Standards for Laboratories working with FMDV in vitro and in vivo” had been left unchanged, except for minor clarifications and the now consistent use of the term “Restricted Zone” for all areas where infective FMDV is or might be handled.

  • Read about the Minimum Standards here (version 4.2bis)