WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual: request for comments

The WHO has issued a request for feedback on the new fourth edition of the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual (LBM). EBSA asks all members to send your comments to the document before Tuesday May 28, 2019 by using the form below.

The LBM consists of a core document and supplementary seven monographs. The manual is meant to complement national regulations and oversight mechanisms that may be in place, and be used to assess, control and review risks at the local or institutional level.

The core document covers the following areas:

  • risk assessment, control and review
  • core requirements for biosafety
  • options for heightened control measures
  • maximum containment measures for very high-risk operations
  • transfer and transportation of infectious substances
  • biosafety programme management
  • laboratory biosecurity
  • national and international biosafety oversight

The monographs provide more detailed information and help to implement systems and strategies on specific topics. The monographs will be on:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Biosafety Programme Management
  • Laboratory Design and Maintenance
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Biological Safety Cabinets and other Primary Containment Devices
  • Decontamination and Waste Management
  • Outbreak Response

The new edition is proposed in lieu of the risk group classification of biological agents and biosafety levels as found in the 3rd edition of the LBM, and meant to facilitate tailored solutions for enhanced biosafety with maximum flexibility. This could be particularly beneficial, but not limited to, resource-limited countries.

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