Biosecurity and Environment


The Biosafety Task Force was set up in 2015 by the AFC and aims to share experiences and draft common recommendations for good working practices in flow cytometry. Biosecurity is the set of measures aimed at preventing and countering the risks associated with the use of biological materials. In the case of flow cytometry, it is therefore a question of defining all the measures necessary to prevent the risks of contamination of personnel and the environment.

List of members:

Sandrine Alfenore, Université Toulouse, INSA TBI UMR CNRS INRAE

Muriel Andrieu, coordinatrice, Université de Paris, INSERM U1016, CNRS UMR 8104, Institut Cochin Paris

Catherine Blanc, CyPS, Sorbone Université, Paris

Myriam Boyer-clavel, Montpellier Ressources Imagerie – UMS BioCampus, Montpellier

Souganya Canabady, Institut Jacques Monod, Paris

Julie Cazareth, Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS IPMC, Valbonne

Corinne Cordier, Coordinatrice, INSERM US24, CNRS UMS3633, Faculté de Médecine Paris Descartes, site Necker, Paris

Toumi Nour ElHouda, Tunisie

Annie Munier, CISA, Sorbonne Université, Paris

Emmanuelle Naser, CNRS UMR 5089, Université Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier, Toulouse

Mylene Pezet, IAB, Université Grenoble Alpes, Inserm U1209, CNRS UMR 5309, La Tronche

Florent Raffin, Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées (IRBA), Bretigny-Sur-Orge

Peggy Sanatine,  Laboratoire Imagerie Cytométrie, Généthon, Evry

Les coordinateurs

Muriel Andrieu

Université de Paris, INSERM U1016, CNRS UMR 8104

Institut Cochin Paris

TEL: 01 40 51 65 08

Peggy Sanatine

Laboratoire Imagerie Cytométrie

Généthon, Evry


Emmanuelle Naser


Université Toulouse III- Paul Sabatier, Toulouse

TEL: 05 61 17 58 61

Les comptes-rendus

After having and drafting recommendations for sorting by flow cytometry (link to the 2017 poster in attachement) and the analysis and sorting of COVI-19 positive or not positive primary human samples (link to the recommendations in attachement), the group AFC Biosecurity proposes today to address the topic of liquid waste generated by cytometers. The idea is to take stock of the situation in order to draft recommendations for their handling, neutralization and disposal, with a view to safety but also to protecting the environment.

The AFC’s biosafety group also contributed to the writing of chapter 29 “Biosafety and flow cytometry” of the book “Flow cytometry” 2nd edition, Lavoisier edition, published in 2020 Flow cytometry ( ).

Two questionnaires to which we invite you to respond are currently online:

                              – one on waste management (article here )

                               – the other on biosafety in clinical cytometry (article here).

Following the work of the group on aerosols generated by sorters, the AFC in partnership with the CYBIO platform of the Cochin Institute.

You will also find here the last CR of the group


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