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Capitol Health Call
December 8, 2010

Biolaboratory Safety

JAMA. 2010;304(22):2471. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1754

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has offered some suggestions for elements to be included in any proposed legislation related to creating a national safety reporting system for biological laboratories, a mechanism that currently does not exist.

In a report released October 12, the GAO recommended that a national safety reporting system should allow for reporting and analysis, protect confidentiality and provide other reporting incentives to foster trust in reporting, and make any data acquired through such reporting available for use at both the local and industry levels for safety improvement (http://tiny.cc/v5qwi). The GAO said the Department of Health and Human Services disagreed with most of its recommendations while the US Department of Agriculture agreed.