Report: U.S. labs lack standards for design, construction

03/25/2013 | USA Today ·

Bioterror laboratories and other labs that study pathogens in the U.S. are at "increased risk for accidents" because there are no national standards for their design, construction and operation, according to the Government Accountability Office in a followup to a 2009 study on the labs. "In the absence of some fundamental criteria, each laboratory can be designed, constructed, and maintained according to local requirements. This will make it difficult to be able to assess and guarantee safety," the GAO said.

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