DIY-BSL1 Manual Ecogen

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You are a start-up, community lab, foodhub, or others working with microbes, mushrooms, plant, animals or human cell lines which belongs under the ordinance of biosafety level 1 (BSL1) we help you here to legalize your practice and become officially registered, so you will not worry about your legal state as biohacker. If you ever thought of registering your practice, lab officially to protect you and your colleagues you are on the right site. We are providing consulting services as well as this open guidance, which will lead your threw the process of registration threw the ECOGEN (Federal Coordination Centre for Biotechnology Portal)

What is Ecogen and why YOU need to register

"The Federal Coordination Centre for Biotechnology is a portal for all notifications and licence applications in accordance with the Containment Ordinance (CO) and the Ordinance on Occupational Safety in Biotechnology (OOSB)."

Ecogen is a client portal ( which allows DIYbio-Labs as well as companies, schools and universities to register their practice of gene editing and other projects which are under the safety biotechnology regulations (BSL 1-4). So this will help you to finally get legalized. If you hack the planet always make sure, you know what you do and you inform the officials about it pre-advance (TRANSPARENCY)

What you need for registration is not only a plan but simply as that it will be based on three simple ingredients: an ADDRESS, a PERSON and YOUR PRACTICE.

If you are not sure what your practice is and if it belongs under the ordinance of safty in biotechnology, please consider to get a free consultation by our official DIYbio Security Officer Marc: marc(at)

To register your own DIYbio Lab it is a process similar to register a restaurant kitchen, much less complicated than it seems. (keep your protocol, safety first for you and your work employees and stick to your security lists!) The Law is applied throughout Switzerland, but each Province (Kanton) is separately in charge to observe what is happening locally and could check you anytime. Out of experience, the officials are not interested in checking the BSL1 Laboratories due to non-significance of the littles. To write this manual we were working closely with the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN together and further workshops and information days will follow.

Biosecurity Levels 1 - 4


This is a site which leads you threw the process of legal registration of your DIYbio-Lab or DIY Community-Lab and practice in Switzerland threw the Ecogen Client Portal provided by the Swiss Government and to make sure we all follow the Nagoya Protokol and take responsibility in co-sculpting evolution.

Official Site

READ ME FIRST - Legal Base

Overview of Swiss legislation on biotechnology

Ordinance on the Contained Use of Organisms (CO)

Ordinance on Occupational Safety in Biotechnology (OOSB)

Nagoya Protokol - Convention on Biological Diversity

1.0 Create your Login

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First Step: let's get started, to create your own Login - Request a NEW ORGANISATION To get a login for the online portal Ecogen the first step to do is to create a "New Organisation", where you will be asked to provide the address of your laboratory and the contact person. This is a process which will have to go threw the local Federal Office of Environment and will take time 1-2 days. You will be informed by Mail and receive your password.

After 1-2 days you received your password for your login, you will be asked to create a new password. Follow the instructions, (you will need to klick two times forgotten the password) but finally you will receive access to the Ecogen Portal and Database and your in! On your left you will see a list of links which I will explane here:

When you enter the portal you will see the simple construction of the site, which also ressembles a wiki-layout. The header is divided by three entries:

  • Ecogen
  • Public Register
  • About Ecogen


Is your personal Section with all the Data you need to provide, where you can add notifications, change your address or enrolle new contacts, or create new organisms(BSO)

Public Register

Is the database which makes visible all other institutions, companies, schools (Organisations) that registered inside the Ecogen Portal. Need more friends? Go look for them.

About Ecogen

Gives you more insight on the Portal, but as well as about the ordinances and the Federale Office of Environment

1.1. Master Data

2. Stammdaten Nach erhalt des Passwortes muss man sich nochmals darum kümmern ein neues Passwort zu erstellen, dies ist noch ein wenig kompliziert und ungewohnt, weil man zweimal auf den Link Passwort vergessen klicken muss um somit den Zugang zu Exogen Datenbank erhält.


Examples of other notification protocols