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Biosafety

The Queen's University Biohazard Committee, on behalf of the University, will determine the nature of biohazardous work in progress or proposed, accredit the facilities on an ongoing basis, assist the design of appropriate laboratories, procedures and training of personnel, and serve as an educational resource to members of the University community.

Members of the University community who are contemplating, or who are presently engaged in work which might fall within the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (1st edition, 2013, Public Health Agency of Canada) are required to contact the University Biological Safety Officer to begin the process to obtain a permit for this work. This includes work that could result in exposure to biological agents (regardless of the risk group to which they have been assigned), cell lines, tissue or fluids of human origin, and biological toxins. Permits must be renewed annually.

The Tri-Council Memorandum of Understanding with the University relating to biohazardous research funded by the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) requires compliance with all applicable legislation and regulations, which includes the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (CBSG). In addition, the University has adopted the CBSG, whether or not the work is externally funded and whether or not the sponsoring agency requires such certification.

For information and assistance contact Shelagh Mirski at 77077
or email Shelagh.Mirski@queensu.ca