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Risk group classification (prokaryotes): European Community classification

Updated: September 09, 2005

Acknowledgements

The author is very grateful to Dr B.J. Tindall (DSMZ) for his helpful comments and corrections.

 

Introduction

Group 1 - Group 2 - Group 3 - Group 4

Introduction

The following risk group classification is based on the lists published by the French Official Gazettes (the spelling mistakes have been corrected) and the European Council Directives. The nomenclature has been updated.
For biological agents appearing on the list given below, "spp." refers to other species which are known pathogens in humans.

References:


1 Arrêté du 18 juillet 1994 fixant la liste des agents biologiques pathogènes. Journal Officiel du 30 juillet 1994, pp. 9719-9722.
2 Arrêté du 30 juin 1998 modifiant l'arrêté du 18 juillet 1994 modifié fixant la liste des agents biologiques pathogènes. Journal Officiel du 22 juillet 1998, pp. 11207-11208.
3 Council Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work.
4 Council Directive 90/679/EEC of 26 November 1990 on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work (seventh individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC).
5 Commission Directive 97/59/EC of 7 October 1997 adapting to technical progress Council Directive 90/679/EEC on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work (seventh individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (Text with EEA relevance).
6 Commission Directive 97/65/EC of 26 November 1997 adapting, for the third time, to technical progress Council Directive 90/679/EEC on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work (Text with EEA relevance).
7 Directive 2000/54/ec of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work (seventh individual directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC).


Note: The Council Directives and the Commission Directives cited above are available on the Internet. See: http://europa.eu.int/.

 

Definitions

Nota bene:

 

More information:
1 Belgian Biosafety Server
2 Risk Group Classification for Infectious Agents (American Biological Safety Association).
3 Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), 4th Edition, 1999 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health).
4 Office of Laboratory Security (Health Canada).
5 SMITH (D.), ROHDE (C.) and HOLMES (B.): The safe handling and distribution of microorganisms under the law. Available on the Internet : http://130.241.92.166/hazard1.pdf.

Group 1 - Group 2 - Group 3 - Group 4

Group 1 (European Community classification)

 

Any bacteria which have been subject to risk assessment and not included in groups 2,3 or 4.
Organisms recently described in the literature may not appear in these lists, but it cannot be assumed automatically that they belong in Group 1.

 

Group 2 (European Community classification)

 

Group 3 (European Community classification)

 

Group 4 (European Community classification)

No bacteria are included in this group.

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