There are two key aspects to “Safety & Security” at the IVI:
- Protecting animals and the environment against an unintended release of micro-organisms
- Protecting staff against laboratory-related infections
The Mittelhäusern site has a high-containment installation for all work with highly contagious animal diseases and zoonoses (biosafety level 4, or 3 for zoonoses). Activities requiring lower biosafety levels (level 2) are carried out at the Bern site.