Position statements

Sometimes a topical issue will require us to take a stance. You can find our position statements for these issues here.

Occasionally, the Society will set out its position on a topical issue, whether it arises in the media or from one of our symposia or conferences. We use these position statements as reference points when we engage with external organisations, and to keep our members aware of the Society's committments. Our position statements are informed through discussion with experts and are agreed upon by the Society's Executive Committee. We update these statements periodically, as new evidence or concerns come to light.

13 Sep 2017
Position statement on digital sequence information and the Nagoya protocol

The Society for Applied Microbiology fully supports the principles behind access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources, as stipulated under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

04 Sep 2017
Position statement on AMR

There are a number of useful approaches to mitigate the potential health, social and economic impacts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

01 Feb 2017
Position statement on equality, diversity and inclusion

SfAM seeks to encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in microbiology and related disciplines, and promotes inclusive practices in support of this.

01 Aug 2016
Position statement on whole genome sequencing in clinical microbiology

The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) supports people working in a range of fields where there are applications of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS).

01 Aug 2014
Position statement on open access publishing

Open Access (OA) publishing models stand to transform the scholarly publication landscape, impacting on researchers, libraries and businesses.