Review: Meeting of the Swiss Biosafety Network 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 / Friday, August 25th, 2017

Universitätsspital Basel, Departement Biomedizin


Dr. Martin Schmidlin and Dr. Felix Gmünder, both biosafety professionals at Basler & Hofmann and GMP consultants, reported to the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Biosafety Network 2017 about the challenges of designing and operating a BSL-2 or BSL-3 laboratory in a GMP/cleanroom environment. The presentation showed that biosafety regulations and practices as well as biocontainment facility design characteristics can be reconciled with cleanroom and GMP regulations and practices without major difficulties. Entry and exit procedures and donning and doffing of PPE typically cause few areas of conflict. Areas of incompatibility include the location of hand wash basins (required to be near or at the exit of BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs) and directional airflow that should be inward for biosafety labs but outwards for GMP/cleanroom facilities. Using pressure “bubbles” or pressure “sinks” at strategic locations are used to comply with both philosophies.

Presentation (PDF)

To the articel (in German) at IZA magazine

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