German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology

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German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology
legal form registered association
founding June 1, 1906
Seat Muenster
purpose Medical society for microbiology and hygiene
Chair Georg Haecker

The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) is a German scientific society based in Münster / Westphalia. The purpose is to promote medical research in the fields of infectiology and microbiology .

goals and tasks

In addition to representing the interests of one's own disciplines externally and towards the political level, stimulating one's own research projects through symposia and specialist conferences are first on the agenda.

The permanent working group “Microbiological Guideline and Warning Values ​​for Values ​​of Life” draws up a list of recommendations for this area. The current recommendations of the DGHM's microbiological guidelines and warning values ​​have only been available for a fee since August 1, 2013 . The paywall was realized in cooperation with Beuth Verlag . Non-members can register for a newsletter against payment of a nominal fee in order to be kept informed of changes.

The permanent working group “General and Hospital Hygiene” deals with all questions on these topics. Modules 2–6 are offered at different locations as part of the “ Hospital Hygienecurriculum of the German Medical Association .

The DGHM has been awarding the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology's prize as the highest distinction every year since 1980 ; since 1985 the Ferdinand Cohn medal as well as doctoral and sponsorship awards.

Structures, priorities, memberships

There are currently 10 different scientific specialist groups:

*Joint specialist groups with the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)
**Joint specialist group with the German Society for Immunology (DGfI)

The task of the specialist groups is to summarize the members who deal specifically with the subject of the FG and to provide this subject with the current scientific background through specialist group conferences, symposia beyond the national area and together with other interested societies (VAAM). Every member of the DGHM has the opportunity to actively participate in a maximum of three of the groups.

At the general meeting in 2002, it was decided to introduce permanent working groups. Permanent working groups can be formed and dissolved again by the board of directors for the performance of special tasks. Its members are determined by the board either directly or at the suggestion of the permanent working group.

The following permanent working groups exist: "Diagnostic procedures in microbiology", "General and hospital hygiene", "Clinical microbiology / infectious diseases", "National reference centers and consulting laboratories", and "Microbiological-Infectious Quality Standards (MIQ)" and "Microbiological guidelines and warning values ​​for food ".

Through its membership in the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), it also maintains close contact with a wide variety of international specialist societies. In addition, as part of its membership in the Working Group of Scientific Medical Societies ( AWMF ), it influences national issues in medicine by providing advice on all essential aspects, from the amendment of the training regulations for medical professionals to the restriction of scientific work through legal measures (including the Animal Welfare Act , Genetic Engineering Act , Infection Protection Act ) takes a position from their subject-specific perspective.


The DGHM was founded on June 1st, 1906 as a Free Association for Microbiology . In 1922 it renamed itself the German Association for Microbiology . In 1949 it gave itself its current name.

In 1977 the four sections (scientific microbiology, medical microbiology, hygiene and virology) were given their own boards. Since the joint scientific cooperation was more and more overshadowed by particular self-interests of these sections, the general meeting in 1991 in Münster decided to repeal it. At the same time, the board of directors was reduced to five members, the term of office of the president was shortened to one year and the annual rhythm was introduced for the congresses and general meetings. This was also a reaction to the fact that leading virologists saw the DGHM predominantly by bacteriologists and hygienists and in 1990 founded their own specialist society, the Society for Virology (GfV). In contrast to the DGHM, the GfV is a specialist society in all German-speaking countries.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Board and office. Retrieved August 17, 2019 .
  2. Guideline and warning values ​​of the DGHM
  3. Barbara Becker, Herbert Schmidt Microbiological guidelines and warning values ​​for the assessment of food
  4. Beuth Verlag : New online service: Beuth Verlag expands program to include guideline and warning values ​​from the DGHM , August 1, 2013
  5. DGHM prices
  6. 1906 - 2006 German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology ( Memento of the original from August 28, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Festschrift for the 100th anniversary of the DGHM @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /