Kantonales Laboratorium Basel-Stadt (Cantonal Laboratory of Basel-Stadt)

2. Where is it located (include both address and geographical location)?

Kantonales Laboratorium Basel-Stadt, Bereich Gesundheitsschutz, Gesundheitsdepartement des Kantons Basel-Stadt, Kannenfeldstrasse 2, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland

N 47° 33' 43.48", E 7° 34' 26.85"

3. Floor area of laboratory areas by containment level
BL 3 , 36.00 SqM
BL 2 , 14.00 SqM
Total laboratory floor area (SqM)

4. The organizational structure of each facility

(viii) Briefly describe the publication policy of the facility

Publication in open literature.

(ix) Provide a list of publicly-available papers and reports resulting from the work published during the previous 12 months. (To include authors, titles and full references)

No publicly available papers or reports published in the reporting period.

5. Briefly describe the biological defence work carried out at the facility, including type(s) of micro-organisms(9) and/or toxins studied, as well as outdoor studies of biological aerosols.

The Cantonal Laboratory of Basel-Stadt is the Regional Competence Center for the primary analysis of samples suspicious of a bioterror-related background. The Regional Laboratory North is also appointed reference laboratory by the Federal Office of Environment for the two following fields of activities: Analysis of samples taken in and around laboratories subjected to the Containment Ordinance, and analysis of samples taken in the environment for the surveillance of the Release Ordinance.

The Cantonal Laboratory of Basel-Stadt has been co-author for the "Chemical Inactivation of Organisms in Liquids - Guidelines for the chemical inactivation of organisms in liquid cultures or supernatants with proof of efficacy and safe disposal" and is working out specific SOP for chemical inactivation of microorganisms attn. Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

Microbiological and molecular biological methods have been established for the identification of a wide range of microorganisms in environmental samples, including relevant pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus anthracis, as well as adenoviruses and lentiviruses. Further methods for the detection of bioterror agents have been implemented according to the Regional Laboratory Network.

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(9) Including viruses and prions.