Policies

Authorship & Acknowledgement 

General guidelines   apply for authorship in Research Journals: The AMP staff delivers research support service by providing expertise and analytical tools, by collecting and analysing the data and by interpreting the results. For this intellectual contribution, they shall be recognized with co-authorship when such data are submitted for publication. Accordingly, our staff reserves the right to review presentation and interpretation of such data prior their submission for publication or prior their presentation on conferences, internet or other media. Authors shall also acknowledge the use and support of the A*STAR Microscopy Platform in their study (even if data have been generated by users themselves).

 

[1] Adapted from: https://www.nature.com/nature-research/editorial-policies/authorship

 

Biosafety & User Policy

 

1.   All biohazard samples shall be delivered with appropriate documentation including SDS/MSDS, SOP and risk assessment protocol and with relevant permits or AVA approval (where applicable). Handling of biohazard samples from First, Second and Forth Schedule of Biological Agent & Toxins Act (BATAs)* at AMP | EM premises is restricted to inactivated samples and requires safety assessment.

2.   The AMP | EM laboratory is certified for work with corrosive, toxic, radioactive, flammable and explosive substances, high voltage instruments, pressurized gas vessels and cryogenic equipment. By accessing and working within the laboratory, users must read and sign risk assessments and follow safety guidelines. It is user’s responsibility to get familiar with MSDS for all reagents they use and with operation manuals for equipment and tools they use.

3.   For self-use of instruments in AMP | EM laboratory user must first apply for a training and pass a proficiency assessment before being qualified as an “accredited user”. Accredited users may access instruments only after reservation is made through our staff (priority access reserved). Access of accredited users to the AMP | EM laboratory is limited to standard working hours.

4.  Biohazard and toxic waste (both, liquid or solid) must be disposed accordingly. All samples, bottles, tubes and containers must be labelled to indicate their content, date and user name. Non-labelled items will be discarded without notice.

5.   Lab accidents including any chemical spills and injury must be immediately reported to AMP|EM laboratory staff. Instrument malfunction shall be noted in the log book (where applicable) and reported to our staff immediately so we can assist in troubleshooting or arrange for repair. User will only be held responsible for damage caused by improper manipulation (user error).

6.   All materials, chemicals, tools and instruments are properties of the AMP | EM laboratory and carrying them away is not permitted. It is user’s sole responsibility to keep the workplace, instruments and tools clean, in place and in fully working conditions available for the next user. Depletion of consumables shall be reported to our staff promptly.

 

(*) For the list of Biological Agent & Toxins Act (BATAs) and regulations, please refer to:

List of biological agents and toxins

Transportation Regulation

Schedule controls

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