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. Safety training and RSC HSE declaration is required for everyone prior working in AMP|EM premises (including external users). Biopolis + SICS Harmonised HSE Training is then mandatory for all A*STAR staff/interns/collaborators.

 

2. For self-use of instruments in AMP|EM, user must first complete a training and pass a proficiency assessment to become an accredited “trained user”. Access of trained users to the AMP|EM premises is limited to standard working hours and instrument booking can only be made through our staff (priority access reserved).

 

3. 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.

 

4. Lab accidents including any chemical spills and injury must be immediately reported to our staff and to A*STAR incident reporting portal (see wall-mounted QR code on each exit door).

 

5. 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.

 

7. Handling of biohazard samples at AMP|EM premises is restricted to Risk Group 2 (third and fourth schedule of BATA*) pending they have been delivered inactivated (chemically fixed) and with an appropriate documentation including ATCC product sheet specifications and SDS. Biohazard samples of Risk group 1 (Inactivated First or Inactivated Second schedule of BATA*) can be handled at AMP|EM under condition they have been inactivated in a Singapore facility permitted to carry out the inactivation process AND have been delivered with and appropriate documentation including ATCC product sheet specifications, SDS, relevant permits or AVA approval (where applicable), SOP of performed inactivation and activity test upon inactivation.

 

(*) 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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