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Activities with pathogens Indication of change

Any person who has already received permission to work with pathogens and has notified the first commencement of the activity is obliged to notify the competent authority immediately if:

  • significant changes are made in the nature and scope of the activity, the nature of the rooms and facilities or the disposal measures,
  • terminates the activity with pathogens, or
  • the activity with pathogens is resumed.

Even if there is no permit requirement, changes in the activity must be reported.

Persons who carry out microbiological examinations for diagnostics on their own patients are exempt from the authorisation requirement. These are, for example,

  • doctors,
  • dentists and
  • Veterinarians.

Anyone who works under the supervision of a person who has a permit or is exempt from the permit requirement does not have to notify a change in activity.

Further information on the topic "Activities with pathogens" can be found in the services:

  • Activities with pathogens Display
  • Activities with pathogens Permit

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the administrative district and the district-free city in whose district the activity is carried out.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are fees according to Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 General Fee Schedule of the State of Lower Saxony (AllGO) according to No.

Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 of the General Rules of Fees (AllGO)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Any significant change must be reported to the competent authority immediately, i.e. without undue delay.

Applications / forms

The application must be made informally.

What else should I know?

If there is reason to fear a risk to the health of the population, the competent authority shall prohibit the continuation or resumption of activity with pathogens. This is particularly the case if there are no suitable rooms or facilities for the activities or if the conditions for safe disposal are not met.

§ 51 Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (IfSG)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


List ID 460 (whitelist; Status:13.09.2018)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)