Institut für Medizinische Virologie (Institute of Medical Virology)

[Declared in accordance with Form A Part 2(iii)]

2. Responsible public or private organization or company
Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich
3. Location and postal address
Institut für Medizinische Virologie, Medizinische Fakultät, Universität Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland
4. Source(s) of financing of the reported activity, including indication if the activity is wholly or partly financed by the Ministry of Defence

Cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Glarus, Graubünden, Sankt Gallen, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Zug, Zürich, and the Principality of Liechtenstein

5. Number of maximum containment units5 within the research centre and/or laboratory, with an indication of their respective size (SqM):
BL 3 , 25.00 SqM
Of note, the Institute of Medical Virology holds a BSL4 license for diagnostic purposes only, as follows: “Inactivation or extraction of environmental samples or samples with potentially highly pathogenic viruses for diagnostic purposes”.
6. Scope and general description of activities, including type(s) of micro-organisms and/or toxins as appropriate

The Institute of Medical Virology at the University of Zurich is the Regional Competence Center for the primary analysis of viral samples suspicious of a bioterror-related background. This represents an additional and not a continuous task of the viral diagnostics laboratory.

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(4) For facilities with maximum containment units participating in the national biological defence research and development programme, please fill in name of facility and mark "Declared in accordance with Form A, part 2 (iii)".

(5) In accordance with the latest edition of the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual, or equivalent.