The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed a program and regulatory framework to implement the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA), which includes the development of regulations in consultation with interested parties. The Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR) are now published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. This means that on December 1, 2015 the Regulations will come into force, along with the remaining sections of the HPTA. This has required an update to the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (CBSG).
Standards and Guidelines originally published as the CBSG will be published in the Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), the Canadian Biosafety Handbook (CBH), and a series of supporting Biosafety and Biosecurity Guidelines.
The first piece now available is the Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS). The CBS sets out the physical containment, operational practice, and performance and verification testing requirements to ensure the safe handling and storing of human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins. The CBS continues the vision of the CBSG by updating several requirements in a risk-, evidence-, and performance-based approach, as well as incorporating new information in the field of biocontainment engineering.
It is important to note that the Human Pathogens Importation Regulations and CBSG will remain in effect until December 1, 2015. The CBS and any other implementation tools and products shared prior to December 1 are for guidance and transitional purposes. On that date, the CBSG will be replaced by the CBS, which will be used by the Agency and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to monitor and verify the ongoing compliance of regulated facilities.
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The Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have developed joint Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (CBSG) pertaining to human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins. These standards and guidelines are used by laboratory researchers and workers in facilities possessing, handling, storing or using such pathogens and toxins.
The CBSG was developed to streamline various biosafety practices into a single set of standards and guidelines for stakeholders regulated by both the Agency and the CFIA. These Standards and Guidelines have combined, updated and replaced the following documents:
The CBSG 1st edition is now available electronically (below) and printed copies are also available upon request.
For more information about the CBSG, you may contact us by telephone, fax or email using the contact information given below. Because the CBSG is a joint initiative involving the Agency and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) you may prefer to contact one or the other depending on the nature of your inquiry.
The Public Health Agency of Canada
100 Colonnade Road, A.L. 6201A,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Fax: (613) 941-0596
Phone: (613) 957-1779
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
Tower 1, Floor 3, Room 345
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9