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About the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines

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 development of the CBSG was initiated to help streamline various biosafety practices into a single set of standards and guidelines for stakeholders regulated by both PHAC and the CFIA. These Standards and Guidelines have combined and updated 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)

PHAC is currently working on the implementation of the Human Pathogens and Toxins ActExternal link (HPTA), which includes the development of a regulatory framework in consultation with interested parties. The CBSG 2nd Edition will be coordinated with, and correspond to, the full implementation of the HPTA and is scheduled for release in 2015.

Date Modified: 2013-06-20