European Biosafety Association (EBSA)

Newsletter - 16 February 2015


22 December 2014
16 February 2015

Dear EBSA member,

New Administration Office and Professional Conference Organiser (PCO)
I am pleased and relieved that we have signed a contract with a new service provider. I am convinced that the company 2Mpact meets our needs and will be a strong partner to develop EBSA’s business. An added benefit is that they have their offices in Belgium, which will make legal and taxes issues easier to handle.

They have started to work for us on February 1st and we still have the support of Dechema until 30th of June. This allows a smooth hand-over, but we asked you to be mindful of the initial workload they have to hand-over all processes. As many of you will know, Dechema informed us last year that they could not renew the contract with EBSA for reasons of German tax law. However, they kindly extended their existing agreement to give us enough time to find a replacement. Since July we have been searching for possible providers that cater for the needs of EBSA. This is a big change and EBSA council has spent a lot of time to manage this risk.

For more information see:

Reminder: Questionnaire for 2 years presidency
Thank you to all who have already expressed their preferences.

Council proposes to extend the time period of presidency from one to two years, since this has been suggested by several former presidents.

You can still fill out this short questionnaire until February 18th.

Depending on the results we will call for a "special AGM" to be able to change the bylaws. If we don’t reach a sufficient quorum (2/3) on this special AGM we will be able to decide on the AGM of Vienna with the simple majority of the votes of the present and represented members.

For your information:
Technical Guidance for Laboratory Biosafety & Biosecurity Risk Assessments
Sandia National Laboratories has in collaboration with other parties published a
Laboratory Biosafety & Biosecurity Risk Assessment Technical Guidance

The document describes a risk assessment process that can be used in all laboratory settings around the world regardless of economic or organizational capability. In addition to providing methodologies on how to conduct a risk assessment, several practical laboratory risk assessment scenarios and exercises are also included.

Kind regards,
Isabel Hunger

Isabel Hunger-Glaser, PhD
EBSA President 2014-2015

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