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A Collection of Virulent Microorganisms

Information on development of draft of federal law “On national collection of pathogenic microorganisms” has appeared at the official website regulation.gov.ru. It is reported that the work is being implemented within the plan on implementation of Basic Principles of State Policy in the Field of Ensuring Chemical and Biological Security of the Russian Federation up to 2025 and Further.

Establishment of a national collection of pathogenic microorganisms is required for development of new methods of prevention, detection and treatment of infections. It enables early response to potential biological threats.

The draft of law being developed is aimed at establishment of legal grounds for collection activities using pathogenic microorganisms in order to create, maintain and develop the national collection that would pool the isolated funds of collection strains, by pooling the assets of public collections, taking into account their profile

The document establishes the principles of work, core definitions for legal regulation. A mechanism of establishment of national collection of pathogenic microorganisms, requirements to creation and conditions of arrangement of public collections will be defined. A procedure of maintaining collections and unauthorized access protection is to be set up.

The draft of law will comply with international documents, including the Budapest agreement on international acceptance of depositing of microorganisms for patent procedure and Convention on biological diversity. Besides, a link to health legislation and export control legislation of the Russian Federation will be ensured.

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