Initiatives

Key biorisk management organizations have emerged to provide national and international leadership in biosafety and biosecurity. ICID is able to provide services to a number of these organizations and their initiatives to advance biosafety and biosecurity in countries around the world. Our in-house management capabilities are further enhanced by our extensive network of Canadian and international content experts to ensure activities are relevant and targeted to meet the needs of the local, national or international biosafety community. ICID's capabilities include strategic planning, organizational development, board support, workplan development and delivery, membership development and maintenance, administrative support, marketing and communications, promotions, meeting/conference planning and delivery, and financial management.

Past initiatives include:

Secretariat to the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA)

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) offers a unique opportunity for biosafety professionals of different nations to coordinate and develop a global biosafety agenda aimed at international harmonization, sharing of information, development of common standards and collaboration in all aspects of biological safety. IFBA's mission is to support and promote biosafety on a national and international level through collaboration among national and regional biosafety organizations worldwide. ICID helped IFBA achieve its mission by developing and delivering on IFBA activities, including the mentoring and twinning of biosafety associations, regional development of associations, membership recruitment, and meeting/event planning. We maintained the IFBA website and provided meeting support to facilitate communication and knowledge transfer between biosafety organizations, as well as to enhance biosafety awareness. ICID also provided basic administrative and financial services in its role as IFBA Secretariat.

Global Biosafety and Biosecurity: Taking Action Conference

ICID, as Secretariat to IFBA, supported the strategic goals of IFBA by assisting in planning for the 1st Global Biosafety and Biosecurity: Taking Action conference. The conference acted as a much needed catalyst for long-term biosafety and biosecurity capacity building. Policy makers and professionals from all regions participated in a dialogue that addressed challenges and provided a commitment to solutions.

International Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard

Working with international partners including the European Committee of Normalization (CEN), European Biosafety Association (EBSA), the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV), ICID assisted in the development of the CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) 15793 entitled "Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard." This standard is a management system approach that integrates internationally accepted best practices for the safe and secure operation of containment laboratories, including high containment Level 4 laboratories. ICID's role included communication and stakeholder management. This standard has been made available to all users through funding provided by the Government of Canada's Global Partnership Program as a free download off the Internet at ftp://ftp.cenorm.be/PUBLIC/CWAs/wokrshop31/CWA15793.pdf

Following the release of the Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard and its distribution worldwide, the user community (laboratories, managers, biosafety and biosecurity professionals and others) identified the need for an additional document assisting in the understanding of the Standard and helping end-users in the actual implementation. This Guidance Document facilitates the interpretation and implementation of the Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard, promotes and defines best practices and provides consistency of approach and systems. ICID responsibilities included overall project management, financial management, communication and stakeholder management, and meeting logistics support.

The Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard CWA 15793:2008 was written to be certifiable as a performance-based management system though no facility has been certified to date. The creation of a Certification Scheme has been identified as necessary to ensure consistency with the application of the Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard as well as greater use of the Standard. We have been contracted to develop a justification and stakeholder benefit analysis for an official certification scheme based on Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard and identify key national and international certification and accreditation bodies and entities to be involved in the process. Project responsibilities include developing a business plan detailing the proposed workshop process for the development of a certification scheme, developing a justification and stakeholder benefit analysis for an official certification scheme; and identifying key national and international certification and accreditation bodies and entities to be involved.