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Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines


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The Public Health Agency of Canada is developing a program and regulatory framework to implement the Human Pathogens and Toxins ActExternal link (HPTA), which includes the development of proposed regulations in consultation with interested parties. 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.

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Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines

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:

  • Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines 3rd Edition, 2004 (Agency)
  • 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 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
Fax: 613-773-6521
Phone: 613-773-6520

Date Modified: 2015-02-24