About ABSA

Core Purpose

ABSA is dedicated to promoting and expanding biological safety expertise.

Core Organizational Values

  • Leading the profession
  • Collaboration and community
  • Promote biosafety as a scientific discipline
  • Absolute integrity
  • High standards of excellence

The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) was founded in 1984 to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of biosafety professionals throughout the world. Its goals are to provide a professional association that represents the interests and needs of practitioners of biological safety, and to provide a forum for the continued and timely exchange of biosafety information.

ABSA accomplishes these goals by publishing and distributing a quarterly journal, Applied Biosafety and a number of other biosafety publications. ABSA also conducts an annual Biological Safety Conference to keep members informed of current biosafety issues and regulatory initiatives. The conference is preceded by a selection of biosafety courses geared at the beginner and advanced levels. In addition, ABSA produces an annual membership directory to stimulate networking.

ABSA offers a registration (Registered Biosafety Professional) and certification (Certified Biological Safety Professional) program to recognize biological safety professionals. Registration is by application and approval by an examining Board. Certification includes a biological safety exam developed by ABSA and administered by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists [NRCM].

Affiliates of ABSA have been formed in various locations across the U.S. to stimulate ongoing training and networking opportunities at local and regional levels. ABSA is an international association representing biosafety professionals in over 20 countries. International affiliates of ABSA have been formed in Canada, Japan, Brazil and other countries.

ABSA is committed to its members in four broad areas:


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