16th Annual Conference of the European Biosafety Association
|Courses: 17 - 18 June 2013|
Conference: 19 - 20 June 2013
The CWA 15793:2008 was well received and the concept and ideas of this performance based management system are being adopted by laboratories around the world. However, many laboratories are seeking advice and assistance in interpreting the standard. Thus, the next logical step is to develop a Guidance Document to CWA 15793:2008, a "user manual", designed to aid the end-users; laboratories and biosafety professionals. It was agreed to follow the CEN international consensus building process, to develop a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). EBSA, together with Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association (A-PBA) and the American Biosafety Association (ABSA) joined with support from the Global Partnership Program of Canada to take the process forward. The WHO has supported the implementation of the CWA 15793 and new tools are being developed to assess laboratories around the world according to the requirements of the standard.
Three plenary meetings have taken place during 2010, the last one on 6-7 December in Atlanta, GA, USA. The public consultation period of 60 days will start early February 2011. It will be announced to EBSA Members. If deemed necessary, following public comments, a 4th plenary meeting to approve the document is tentatively scheduled for late May 2011.
The business plan and registration information for CEN Workshop 55 can be found on the link: http://www.cen.eu/cen/Sectors/TechnicalCommitteesWorkshops/Workshops/Pages/CWA15793-guide.aspx
The Laboratory Biorisk Management standard was developed through a joint action between EBSA, the American Biosafety Association (ABSA) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) with funding from the EC. The CEN Workshop process was used to develop a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). Seventy two participants from 24 countries ensured a truly international input.
The scope is to set requirements necessary to control risks associated with the handling or storage and disposal of biological agents and toxins in laboratories and facilities.
The standard will enable organizations to:
The standard is performance-based and sets out requirements for and places responsibility on organizations to demonstrate that appropriate and validated risk reduction procedures have been established and implemented. The standard is suited for certification of laboratories but there not yet a formal procedure for certification developed.
The Laboratory Biorisk Management standard CWA 15793 is freely available on the CEN web site: ftp://ftp.cenorm.be/PUBLIC/CWAs/wokrshop31/CWA15793.pdf
The free download of this CWA has been made possible through funding provided by the Government of Canada's Global Partnership Program.
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