f)   Have any steps been taken to increase security at BSL facilities?

In 2007 Schedule 5 of ATCSA was updated to include animal pathogens.112 In July 2008, the government noted plans to review Schedule 5 of ATCSA every two years to update the list of agents covered, and also to review whether any further changes should be made to primary and secondary legislation.113


The Royal Society would like to thank the Advisory Group for reviewing this document:

•   Professor Keith Gull FRS, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

•   Dr John McCauley, Division of Virology, National Institute of Medical Research, Medical Research Council

•   Sir John Skehel FRS

•   Professor Geoffrey Smith FRS (Chair), Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Head, Department of Virology, Imperial College London; and Chair, Royal Society Advisory Group on the Scientific Aspects of International Security (SAIS).

•   Professor Robin Weiss FRS, Professor of Viral Oncology, University College London.

We would also like to thank Katie Wookey, intern at the Science Policy Centre in 2009, for conducting background research.

Please send any comments to: Dr Filippa Lentzos, BIOS Centre, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK; e-mail: f.lentzos@lse.ac.uk.




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