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Activities with pathogens permit

In Germany, there is a basic licensing requirement for activities with pathogens. Anyone who wants to bring pathogens to Germany as the responsible person, export them, store them, hand them over or work with them, needs a permit.

The term pathogens refers to reproducible pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites) or other biological transmissible pathogens that can cause an infection or a communicable disease in humans.

Activities with pathogens are in particular:

  • experiments with reproducible pathogens,
  • microbiological and serological tests for the detection of notifiable pathogens,
  • targeted accumulation or multiplication of pathogens.

Exceptions to the permit requirement exist for the following groups of persons or activities:

  • doctors, dentists and veterinarians who carry out microbiological examinations for the diagnosis of their own patients,
  • persons who carry out microbiological quality assurance work and possess the necessary expertise and who are exempted from the authorisation requirement by the competent authority upon request,
  • Employees who work under the supervision of a person who has a permit or is exempt from the permit requirement
  • certain procedures (e.B. sterility tests).

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

  • Pathogens: indication - of the change in activities with pathogens
  • Pathogens: indication - of the start of activities with pathogens

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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