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European Biological Safety Association (EBSA)

During the 2014 ABSA conference in San Diego, CA the ABSA-EBSA (European Biological Safety Association) Partnership Agreement was signed. This partnership will help ABSA and EBSA coordinate positions regarding biosafety and biorisk management. It will also allow RBP and CBSP credentialed professionals attending EBSA events to obtain CM points without additional evaluation, making it easier to obtain their continuing education points.

EBSA Newsletter - 22 December 2014
EBSA Newsletter - 16 February 2015


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Asociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad A.C. (AMEXBio)

Note of the 8th International Symposium of Biosafety and Biosecurity
Mexican Biosafety Association
AMEXBIO

Luis Ochoa-Carrera, Klintsy Torres-Hernández

The Mexican Biosafety Association celebrated their 8th International Symposium of Biosafety and Biosecurity (SIBB) in Mexico City from June 14 – 18, 2016. This event involved the participation of biosafety and health professionals and was held at the National Reference Laboratory, the Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference, InDRE. This is one of the most important events for biosafety professionals, specially for spanish speakers in Latin America. The forum included participants of several countries such as: Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brasil, Argentina, Peru, Panama, United States, France, Spain and Canada. Professors and speakers work for institutions like WHO, IFBA, University of Miami, Arizona State U., U. of Texas, Emory U. National University of México (UNAM), National Institutes of Health (México), Technology Institute of Monterrey (México), among others. We also had the participation if companies related to the laboratory design and manufacturing of biosafety equipment. This conference is a place for the ideas exchange between multidisciplinary professionals in matter of biosafety and biosecurity.

A total of 250 biosafety professionals from Mexico and Latin America countries attended to the pre-symposium and the symposium activities. Sixteen pre-symposium courses were available for the participants and included selected topics such as: Infectious Substances Shipping Course, Introduction to Synthetic Biology, Biosafety Committees, Critical Elements in the BSL-3 Operations, Management of Critical Situations in Clinical Areas, Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Infectious Control, Use of Biological Safety Cabinets and Biological Risk Assesment for Genetically Modified Microorganisms, among others. Also as part of the SIBB, the IFBA´s Certification Exam was included with one participant from Mexico as applicant.

After the pre-symposium courses, the activities continued with the “Bio-Cinema Club”, a concept created by the AMEXBIO. The aim of this activity is to analyze a specific film focusing on biosafety and biosecurity. The analyzed film was “GATTACA” and after the movie, a range of professionals in the field of genetic engineering, regulation of genetically modified organisms and bioethicists, were invited to make a roundtable and discuss about the movie in our actual context. This activity has a significant relevance and expectation in our event, and some of films that have been previously showed are: Perfect Sense, The Planet of the Apes, Contagion and World War Z.

The symposium activities included the discussion of several topics like: national biological threats, specifically the participation of Mexico in the Biological Weapons Convention and the international experiences on the biological assessment for healthcare workers. It is important to mention that the AMEXBIO since 2014, develop a working group in order to write the “Mexican Guidelines for Biological Risk Management in Mexico”. This document is based on the CWA 15793 Standard for Biological Risk Management. The purpose of releasing this document is to improve the biological risk assessment and management in Mexico.

AMEXBIO is also including the participation of new topics, therefore “Applied Biosafety: Space Era” was one of the sessions that caused a huge interest among the participants. In this session, topics of space medicine in Mexico as well as astronautics and biosafety, were one of the topics that mention the importance and application of biosafety nowadays. Another of the sessions that were extremely interesting were the Genetic Modified Organisms and Microorganisms and Synthetic Biology, going through the International Competition of Genetically Engineered Machines and Biosafety in iGEM represented some of the actual discussion topics and their applications in agricultural aspects, plague and disease control and of course in bio-remediaton. The participation of the Arizona State University with the topic Biosafety in the era of synthetic biology and the microbiome research and biosafety were without any doub one of the most interesting topics in this symposium.

Other topics during this event were importance of environmental biosafety, the importance on the biosafety professional training, the requirements for successful operations of containment laboratories and with a closing conference by Elizabeth Griffin Foundation named “The importance of the institutions and non-profit Organizations in Biosafety”. AMEXBIO thanks all the participants that made this event, an absolut success.



Biosafety and Biosecurity Internship – Central Asia and Caucasus

Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC) is offering an internship for undergraduate or graduate students interested in gaining practical experience in public health, biosecurity and biosafety, international security, public policy, public administration as well as in conducting their own research project in the region. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support both organizational and individual development. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the region and its public health issues, expand your research capabilities, network, and provide regional experts with your support.

Duties:

Eligibility and required skills:

Time Commitment: Minimum two months; full-time (30+ hours/week); hours to be determined with intern, academic institution and sponsoring organization.
Location per intern’s choice and availability: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Bishkek and Osh (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Kabul (Afghanistan), Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), Yerevan (Armenia), and Ulan Bator (Mongolia).
About BACAC: Founded in 2008 by experts in the region, with a support of Canada’s Global Partnership Program and the International Science and Technology Center, the BACAC promotes biosecurity and biosafety in the region and provide a forum for sharing of best practices. The newly formed professional association draws its members from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Compensation: This internship is unpaid. Academic credit is available. Please work out academic credit details with your academic institution.

To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter (including dates and times of availability), short writing sample (1-3 pages), and list of three references and their contact information by e-mail to Ms. Marina Abrams, Executive Secretary, [email protected]. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


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