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Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines

Canadian Biosafety Standard

The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed a program and regulatory framework to implement the Human Pathogens and Toxins ActExternal link (HPTA), which includes the development of regulations in consultation with interested parties. The Human Pathogens and Toxins RegulationsExternal Link (HPTR) are now published in the Canada Gazette, Part IIExternal link. This means that on December 1, 2015 the RegulationsExternal Link 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).

The 2nd edition of the standards and guidelines originally published in 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, the Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), 2nd Edition, is now available in electronic formats (HTML and pdf). The CBS will be printed and distributed in the late Fall of 2015. 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 RegulationsExternal Link 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 Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to monitor and verify the ongoing compliance of regulated facilities.

Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) 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 PHAC and the CFIA. These Standards and Guidelines have combined, updated and replaced the following documents:

  • Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines 3rd Edition, 2004 (PHAC)
  • Containment Standards for Veterinary Facilities 1st Edition, 1996 (CFIA)
  • Containment Standards for Laboratories, Animal Facilities and Post Mortem Rooms Handling Prion Disease Agents, 2005 (CFIA)

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 Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) 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, 
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Email: standards.normes@phac-aspc.gc.ca
Fax: (613) 941-0596
Phone: (613) 957-1779

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Email: standardsnormes@inspection.gc.ca
Phone: 613-773-6520
Fax: 613-773-6521

Date Modified: 2015-04-16