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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Task Force Background

The Federal government, committed to continued improvement in biosafety and biosafety oversight, established the Trans-Federal Task Force on Optimizing Biosafety and Biocontainment Oversight.  The Task Force‚Äôs purpose is to propose options and recommendations to improve biosafety and biocontainment oversight of research activities at high and maximum containment research laboratories in the United States through a comprehensive review of mechanisms by which individual research (local) institutions and the Federal Government can ensure safe working conditions. The Task Force envisions effective, comprehensive, local (institutional) and Federal oversight that protects laboratory workers, public health, agriculture, and the environment, without hindering the progress of science.


  • This page last reviewed: January 17, 2012