Display activities with pathogens

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The term "pathogens" refers to agents capable of reproduction (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites) or other biologically transmissible agents that can cause an infection or a transmissible disease in humans.

If you as the responsible person or permit holder intend to take up specific activities with pathogens (permit-free or subject to a permit), you must notify the competent authority.

The obligation to notify exists regardless of whether the activities have already been previously notified by another responsible person or permit holder, or whether they are new activities that have not yet been notified. The activity is taken up "for the first time" if the responsible person has never previously worked with the specific pathogen.

There is no obligation to notify employees who work under the supervision of a person who has the required permit for activities involving pathogens.

Activities involving pathogens include in particular

  • Experiments with pathogens capable of reproduction,
  • microbiological tests and methods for the detection of pathogens subject to mandatory reporting,
  • targeted enrichment or multiplication of pathogens,
  • the storage of pathogens.


Even if you do not require a permit but carry out activities involving pathogens, you must report this.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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