Please read carefully all recommendations in order to prepare, in due time, your experiment and to get help if needed.  These pages have been developed in order to provide accurate explanations, to give contact details and procedures for complying with the French regulations which apply on site.  Do not hesitate to contact the Safety Group each time you encounter some difficulties with documents, regulations or procedures.

Macromolecular samples (protein, lipid, sugar, nucleic acid...)

Whatever the type of macromolecule you intend to bring to the ESRF, a Sample Sheet enables us to correctly evaluate your sample.  Please ensure that you complete the form with all details which you consider of use…(read more)

Micro-organisms or derivatives

French labour law dating from 1994 has classified micro-organisms into 4 categories, based on 4 parameters to define the risk presented by these micro-organisms.  This classification is used on the ESRF site for the evaluation of samples.  French labour law also provides a definition for biological agents; any biological element which may cause any allergy, infection or toxicity or can create a danger to human health and/or the environment… (read more)

Samples under ANSM control

In addition to French labour law, a decree was published in France in 2004, updated in June 2010 and April 2012, concerning the use, importation, exportation, transport, possession and transfer of listed micro-organisms and toxins (MOT),  and for which an authorisation must be delivered.....  (read more)

Samples from Humans and/or derivatives

Several regulations apply to human samples and/or derivatives.  Access to our beamlines with human samples and/or derivatives is subject to valid authorisation provided by the French Ministry of Research…. (read more)

Cell lines

The Human sample or derivative regulation also applies but the situation is slightly different…. (read more)

Bringing and/or using lasers on site

When clearly stated in your proposal or for in House research experiments and also for the use of microspectrophotometers (UVs), some elements are requested by the Safety Group, as stated in the Safety Letter you will receive once your beam time scheduled invitation has been sent… (read more)

Dry Ice

Scientists who require Dry Ice for their experiments, or to return to their home institute, should inform their Local Contact as soon as possible.  A tick box is available on the A-form and a specific form to be addressed in advance to the Safety Group for in house research experiments and other uses… (read more)

Travelling with samples

Following recent issues involving transport dewars being refused as hand or hold luggage at Lyon and Grenoble airports, we would like to remind Users who intend to travel to the ESRF with their sample dewars on the plane that the dewars cannot be taken on-board the plane as hand luggage, and they will only be accepted in the hold as long as the dewars and the cases in which they are contained conform to IATA regulations… (read more)

Requesting of lab facilities

If facilities are needed to perform some sample processes or other sample handling, it should be clearly stated in advance to the Local Contact.  Once scientists receive their invitation, they should clearly state that they will require some lab facilities.  Tick boxes are on the A-form, but accurate only if scientists already know the sites and the facilities on offer… (read more)

Samples from a Genetically Modified Organism

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Sample from endangered or protected species

Scientists have to comply with various European and local regulations concerning protected or endangered species (plants and animal) based on their natural environment or depending on where samples have been collected......(read more)

Waste Management

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