Midwest Area Biosafety Network We represent a group of professionals dedicated to the field of biosafety within the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains regions of the United States. Announcements Links and Resources ABSA We are an official affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association. ASM The mission of the ASM is to promote and advance the microbial sciences. Microbiology is the main fields where Biosafety is essential. Pathogen Safety Data Sheets Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) are technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen and recommendations for work involving these agents in a laboratory setting. Source: Public Health Agency of Canada BMBL Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) quickly became the cornerstone of biosafety practice and policy in the United States upon first publication in 1984. NIH Guidelines The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) detail safety practices and containment procedures for basic and clinical research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. Select Agents The Federal Select Agent Program is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services/ Agriculture Select Agent Services. The Federal Select Agent Program oversees the possession, use and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal or plant health or to animal or plant products.