Proposed changes to U.S. policy on potential pandemic pathogen oversight and implementation

Thomas V. Inglesby, Marc Lipsitch

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Abstract

We propose here changes to the U.S. government policy on potential pandemic pathogen (PPP) oversight and implementation, emphasizing transparency of the review process and the content of the review, publication of the review in advance, responsible publication of enhanced PPP research, high-level signoff on approvals of enhanced PPP experiments, and the need for a significant effort to establish a common international approach to enhanced PPP work. We advocate that the U.S. government recommend, and non-U.S. government funders and journals adopt, a set of best practices that would extend important considerations of biosafety and biosecurity to all work on enhanced potential pandemic pathogens regardless of funding source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00990
JournalmSphere
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Biosafety
  • Biosecurity
  • Policy
  • Potential pandemic pathogen
  • Research regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

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