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Biosafety and microbiological containment

Researcher pointing out bacteria cultures

This page provides links to the home pages for three sites that contain information relating to microbiological safety. They cover occupationally-acquired infections, the contained use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and work with specified animal pathogens.

Biocidal Products Regulation deadline

There is a deadline of 1 September 2015 for suppliers of substances and products marketed for use as a biocide (eg disinfectants such as formaldehyde) to be registered with the European Chemicals Agency and entered onto the Approved List of Suppliers. More information is available on the Biocides website.

Infections at work

Bacteria growing in a petri dish

Advice on ill health caused by exposure to micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses (commonly known as pathogens, bugs and germs) during work activities.

More on infections at work


DNA strand

Advice on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in contained facilities, such as research laboratories or biotechnology production facilities.

More about GMOs

Specified animal pathogens order (SAPO)

Advice on specified animal pathogens in contained facilities, such as research laboratories, manufacturing plants or animal research facilities.

More information

Updated 2017-11-29