3rd Annual OSP National Biosafety Month Coming in October

The NIH Office of Science Policy is pleased to announce the 3rd annual National Biosafety Month is coming in October.   National Biosafety Month is a period during which institutions are encouraged to refocus their attention on biosafety policies, practices and procedures.   Institutions should use National Biosafety Month as an opportunity to talk to investigators and research administrators about the importance of biosafety, raise awareness, and seek input on ways to strengthen institutional biosafety programs.

The theme of this year’s National Biosafety Month is: Evaluation, Collaboration, and Commitment.

  • Evaluate your biosafety program. Engage in self- and peer-evaluation of institutional biosafety programs and related governance structures.  The NIH Office of Science Policy has updated its Institutional Biosafety Committee Self-Assessment ToolThis tool can be used to help evaluate your biosafety program.  Frequent review and assessment of biosafety oversight programs is key to maintaining their effectiveness.                                 
  • Collaborate with others to promote biosafety. Share with other institutions best practices, procedures, strategies and solutions for enhancing biosafety programs.  Working with other biosafety professionals will provide a fresh perspective and may allow institutions to identify solutions to common problems.
  • Remain committed to biosafety. Ensure appropriate resources are devoted to biosafety oversight and compliance activities at your institution.  Institutions should commit to providing adequate support to ensure that all operational elements of the biosafety program have the necessary resources and can function optimally. 

If you have any questions about National Biosafety Month, please feel free to contact Dr. Kathryn Harris at harriskath@od.nih.gov.

Additionally, follow OSP us on Twitter @CWolinetzNIH where beginning in October, we will send out a daily biosafety tweet.