Activities with pathogens Change indicator Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Anyone who has already obtained a permit to work with pathogens and has indicated that the activity has been started for the first time is obliged to notify the competent authority without delay if:

  • significant changes in the nature and scope of the activity, the nature of the premises and facilities or the disposal measures,
  • terminates the activity with pathogens, or
  • activity with pathogens is resumed.

Even if there is no authorisation requirement, changes in the activity must be indicated.

Excluded from the authorisation requirement are persons who carry out microbiological examinations for diagnostics in their own patients. These are, for example,

  • Doctors,
  • dentists and dentists as well as
  • Veterinarians.

Anyone who works under the supervision of a person who has a permit or is exempt from the authorisation requirement does not have to indicate a change in the activity.

For more information on "Activities with pathogens", see:

  • Activities with pathogens Display
  • Activities with pathogens Permission

Related Links

  • Human Infectious Diseases Act (IfSG)

No documentation is required.

The application must be made informally.


If there is a risk to the health of the population, the competent body shall prohibit the continuation or resumption of activity with pathogens. This is particularly the case where there are no suitable premises or facilities for the activities or if the conditions for safe disposal are not met.

  • Section 51 Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (IfSG)

Related Links

  • Section 50 Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans (IfSG)

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