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ABSA Publications

Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals: CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories
Renée Ned-Sykes, PhD, Catherine Johnson, MA,John C. Ridderhof, DrPH, et al.
MMWR 2015;64(No. Suppl 1).
May 15, 2015

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These competency guidelines outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for public health laboratory (PHL) professionals to deliver the core services of PHLs efficiently and effectively. These competency guidelines are targeted to scientists working in PHLs, defined as governmental public health, environmental, and agricultural laboratories that provide analytic biological and/or chemical testing and testing-related services that protect human populations against infectious diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases, environmental hazards, treatable hereditary disorders, and natural and human-made public health emergencies.

Under the Poliscope

Dr. Carrie Wolinetz, Associate Director of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health, is proud to announce the launch of the new Office of Science Policy (OSP) blog “Under the Poliscope: Bringing Science Policy Into Focus.

“Under the Poliscope” will highlight the activities of the NIH Office of Science Policy, but will also focus on science policy matters in general as well as emerging issues of interest to the life sciences community and public at large.

In the inaugural blog, which is now available, Dr. Wolinetz discusses “Why Science Policy Matters.” We invite you to view the blog and provide us with your feedback. The blog is meant to be an interactive experience and we encourage readers to provide their thoughts and ideas in order to stimulate a dialogue between NIH and its stakeholder.

To subscribe to “Under the Poliscope”, please click the following link: http://osp.od.nih.gov/under-the-poliscope

Also, to stay up-to-date on all things OSP, please follow Dr. Wolinetz on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CWolinetzNIH

If you have any questions or require further information about the OSP blog or any of OSP’s activities, please contact us at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

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Epidemic and Communicable Diseases (including Ebola)

Information on the Survivability of the Ebola Virus in Medical Waste | Ebola Hemorrhagic Nebraska biocontainment unit perspective on ebola medical waste Understanding the Ebola Virus  – Webinar – broadcast Wednesday, December 17th at 8AM PST, 11AM EST, 4PM GMT, 5PM CET The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has highlighted the threat of emerging infectious diseases …

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Forums

Open only to FRaBSA Members – a forum to discuss issues related to biosafety.     ABSA International has recently added a biosafety blog to its website. The blog can be found at http://blog.absa.org/.  This is a forum for ABSA members to submit and discuss recent news articles, discuss interesting ideas or give their opinion of …

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Link to Documents

Fact Sheets ABSA/OSHA Fact Sheets General Microbiology Fact Sheet(PDF 3.5MB) Select Agent Disease Fact Sheet(PDF 368KB) Zoonotic Fact Sheet(PDF 480KB) Principles of Good Microbiological Practice Fact Sheet(PDF 135KB) Principles of Biosafety Fact Sheet (PDF 56KB) Possession, Use and Trasfer of Select Agenst and Toxins; Biennial Review of the List of Select Agents and Toxins and Enhanced …

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Links to Federal and International Organizations

Center for Disease Control (CDC) CDC Select Agent Program CDC Office and Health and Safety OHASIS, Office of Health and Safety Information Systems (CDC) CDC Information on Hepatitis B Emerging Infectious Diseases CDC National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) CDC WONDER (Guidelines and Reports Application to Import Agents or Vectors of Human Diseases Department of Health and …

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Links to State Agencies

Regulations by State State of Colorado -Department of Public Health and Environment Report a Disease Colorado Board of Health – Conditions Reportable by All Physicians and Health Care Providers in Colorado Diseases A to Z Communicable Disease Manual Infectious disease guidelines   State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Diseases & Conditions …

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