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Activities with pathogens - apply for a permit
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
Activities involving pathogens (for example in laboratories) can become a source of infections and communicable diseases. Special attention is therefore paid to them.
In principle, all persons who wish to work with, store, deliver or export pathogens require a permit from the competent authority. There are only exceptions to the permit requirement where they are expressly regulated by the Infection Protection Act, such as for doctors, dentists or veterinarians who are authorized to practice their profession independently.
"Working with pathogens" includes in particular
- Experiments with pathogens capable of reproduction,
- microbiological and serological tests to identify pathogens that must be reported,
- targeted enrichment or multiplication of pathogens.
Pathogens within the meaning of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) are pathogens capable of reproduction (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites) or other biologically transmissible pathogens that can cause an infection or transmissible disease in humans.
The prerequisites for the granting of a permit are reliability with regard to the activities applied for as well as proof of the required expertise through
- a degree in human, dental or veterinary medicine, pharmacy or a degree in natural sciences from a university of applied sciences or university with microbiological content and
- at least two years of full-time work with pathogens under the supervision of a person in possession of a permit to work with pathogens.
Who should I contact?
To the district or independent city (health department).
Which documents are required?
- Certified copies of the required training certificates,
- Certificate of at least two years of full-time work with pathogens under supervision,
- certificate of good conduct.
What are the fees?
Fees may apply. Information on this can be obtained from the responsible office.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
The activity may only commence if the notification is complete and the activity is not prohibited after the documents and premises have been checked.
§§ 44 ff. Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (Infection Protection Act - IfSG).
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What else should I know?
No permit is required for the exceptions specified in Section 45 IfSG.
A permit is also not required for anyone working under the supervision of someone who has a permit or, exceptionally, does not require a permit.
Irrespective of whether the activity requires a permit or not, there is an obligation to notify. In addition, any significant change to the premises, the activity, the disposal or the range of pathogens must be reported to the competent authority.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.