6th Laboratory Biorisk Management Workshop - April 18-21, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
April 18-21, 2017

The International Centre for Infectious Diseases together with Sandia National Laboratories and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory present a three day intensive workshop focusing on how to implement a biosafety and biosecurity management system centered on the new international CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) 15793:2008 and the WHO “Responsible life sciences research for global health security” Guidance Document.

This unique workshop combines high impact lectures, hands-on tabletop exercises and role-playing. Addressing key aspects of assessment, mitigation, performance and responsible life science research, we will explore and discuss the increasing need for a comprehensive overhaul of the existing biosafety, biosecurity and bioethics approach within the laboratory and research setting. By using new tools, real life examples and case studies for dual-use, bioethics, biorisk assessment, project management and performance improvement we will emphasize the importance and benefits of a comprehensive biorisk management system. In addition, implementation strategies and lessons learned will be discussed by experts from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Microbiology Laboratory on their experiences with the implementation of the CWA 15793:2008.

This workshop is specifically designed for today's laboratory managers and directors, scientists, biosafety professionals and safety managers, research and laboratory staff.

Proposed topics include:

  • Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Management System
  • International Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard CWA 15793:2011
  • Responsible life science research
  • Audits/Certification/Accreditation
  • Risk Assessment Process and Methodology
  • Process Mapping

After successfully completing this three-day workshop our participants will recognize:

  • Management system principles
  • Application and use of the CWA 15793:2008
  • Project management tools and strategies

In addition, participants will be able to (key learning outcomes):

  • Explain the three key components of a Biorisk Management System
  • Develop a biorisk assessment method for their own lab and use the newly developed BioRam tool (Sandia Natl. Labs) to assess risks associated with biological materials in the laboratory
  • Perform audits and communicate audit results
  • Develop a strategy for the implementation of a biorisk management system in a laboratory
  • Develop and use Level 1-3 Process maps (Flowcharts)
  • Develop a dual use, bioethics policy and review criteria

Learning objectives will be assessed through pre-and post seminar test, observation and presentations/demonstrations by the participants and are subject to change. All aspects of the workshop will be conducted in English. 

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