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National Research Safety Headquarter

National Research Safety Headquarter

National Research Safety Headquarter

Objectives
LMO Research Safety Center is responsible for the biosafety of LMOs (Living Modified Organisms) for test & research use and has being carried out LMO safety management project supported from MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning).
We’d like to contribute to develop biotechnology through making and improving a safe LMO research environment. To achieve the goal, there are running 4 research areas in LMO safety management and these are as follow.
  • Secure the safety of LMO research facilities
  • Enhance efficiency of compliance with laws and institutions by improving the LMO safety management system
  • Expand safety culture by intensifying the education & promotion of LMO safety management
  • Strengthen capabilities by expanding management infrastructure for testing/research LMO risk management
Researchers
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Young-Hee Roh
/ Associate Director
  • LMO research safety management
Hyoung-Chin Kim
/ Principal Researcher
  • LMO human Risk Assessment
Chang-Gi Kim
/ Principal Researcher
  • LMO environmental risk assessment
Soon-Chun Jeong
/ Principal Researcher
  • LMO characterization of Molecular Genetics
Sung-ju Ha
/ Senior Researcher
  • LMO laboratory safety management
Kyung-Hwa Choi
/ Researcher
  • LMO research facilities on-site inspections
Seong-Pil Chung
/ Researcher
  • LMO research safety management policy support
Lee Hwang Won
  • LMO and laboratory Safety Development of Policy
  • LMO and laboratory Safety Development of Evaluation Index
  • LMO and laboratory Safety Planning and management
research areas
  • Secure the safety of LMO research facilities
    • Improve safety management via fact-finding surveys for 1, 2-class LMO facilities and on-site inspections
    • Prepare a method to unify a window to communicate the focusing of safety management in each agency
    • Develop various standard guidelines to set up a self-safety management system for research facilities
  • Enhance the efficient implementation of laws and institutions by improving the LMO safety management system
    • Improve laws and institutions & develop policies for testing/research LMOs & Develop LMO safety management policies and expand the planning system
    • Produce a database of information such as facility reports/permits/closure, set up an activation system for self-reporting and application
    • Clarify the management system to export/import, produce and distribute testing/research LMOs and support the implementation of laws and institutions
    • Risk assessment guidelines and manuals provided
  • Expand safety culture by intensifying the education & promotion of LMO safety management
    • Expand field trip-type safety education programs and operate them regularly
    • Specialize and diversify LMO safety education
    • Conduct strategic PR campaigns to raise awareness of LMO research management
    • Activate the exchange of opinions and information between LMO research institutes
  • Strengthen capabilities to expand the infrastructure for testing/research LMO risk management
    • Manage LMO research institutes' risk & develop new LMO safety management technology
    • Specialized testing/research LMO safety management information system
    • Secure the foundations of LMO safety management-dedicated institutions to efficiently implement national policies
Achievements
  • Securing safety of the LMO research facilities and monitoring export/development safety management
    • On-site inspections for 1, 2-class facilities
    • Collect on-site comments via information exchange meetings with research facility investigators and managing staff
    • Publish and distribute 'On-site inspection cases' and 'Self-checking manual' to inform on good safety management practices of LMO research facilities
    • Visit and conduct fact-finding surveys, LM mouse importing institutions and production/research facilities
    • Support approval deliberation by the export deliberation committee; conduct follow-up checks after isolation/trial packing experiments
  • Establishment of the safety management base and streamlining of testing/research LMO laws and system
    • Prepare an amendment (draft) following the LMO Act amendment, i.e., ordinance, enforcement rules, combined notification, etc.
    • Prepare guidelines for 1, 2-class research facility safety management, i.e., detailed criteria for regular inspections and safety education
    • Support to set up a detailed LMO safety management enforcement plan for testing/research LMOs on an annual basis
    • Produce and distribute a manual for testing/research LMO laws and institutions
    • establish methods to enhance the efficiency of LMO facility safety management
  • LMO safety management training, public relations, information systems, and build a culture of safety Infra
    • Operate various LMO safety management education programs and develop education materials
    • Establish and operate an information system for testing/research LMO safety management
    • Promote to spread the testing/research LMO safety culture
  • Development of the LMO safety evaluation technology & establishment of the research safety management criteria
    • Develop basic technology to prepare the criteria for testing/research LMO development/experiment deliberation
    • Development safety management criteria for new LMOs using research facilities
    • Publish and distribute a manual for measures and action procedures for unintentional spill of LMOs from research facilities