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Presentations from the ABSA Affiliate and Biosafety Association Workshop (Oct. 24, 2013, Kansas City)
The Benefits, Establishment, and Maintenance of a Biosafety Association(PDF 2.42MB) - Edward J. Stygar, III, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, American Biological Safety Association
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ABSA Affiliate and Partner Benefits
- Affiliate Listed on the ABSA website
- Affiliate events and news on the ABSA website
- Networking with other Affiliate organizations
- Affiliate Listserv
- Link to ABSA and other Affiliates through the Annual Affiliate meeting
- Affiliate workshops and webinars
- Automatic approval for Credentialing Maintenance (CM) points for affiliate workshops and webinars for RBP and CBSP maintenance
- Access to ABSA members in the Affiliates region
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.
Note of the 8th International Symposium of Biosafety and Biosecurity
Mexican Biosafety Association
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.
- Assist President, Executive Committee, and Executive Secretary of the association in the planning and implementation of projects to promote knowledge and increase of potential in field of biosafety and biosecurity among professional groups and population of countries of Central Asia and Caucasus.
- Prepare a digest of epidemiological situation in the region for BACAC members.
- Regularly update the BACAC website.
- Provide organizational support to BACAC events in the region.
- Contribute to fundraising efforts.
- Engage in additional tasks as needed.
- An intern may also develop, research, write, and publish a report on a topic developed according to the needs of the organization, the intern’s own interests, and academic requirements for credit.
Eligibility and required skills:
- Must have a proven interest in public health, biosecurity and biosafety, international security, public policy, and public administration.
- Must be at least a college junior in good standing or a graduate student.
- Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent if from a non-US institution.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural and multigenerational environment.
- Good knowledge of English language. A candidate must be able to correspond with BACAC members and its partners in English and prepare documentation in English.
- Knowledge of one of the regional languages is preferable but not a must.
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.
- The BACAC establishes and communicates best biosafety and biosecurity practices amongst its members and encourages dialogue and discussions on developing issues.
- BACAC influences and supports emerging legislation and standards, with the objective of ensuring the prevention of harm to man or the environment from biological substances or materials.
- BACAC represents and defends the collective interests of its members in all areas relating to biosafety and biosecurity.
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.