Focal points

Focal Points are EBSA designated subject matter experts (SME), who are the first point of contact for their topic(s). They cover are areas that are considered important from an EBSA perspective and/or a biosafety / biosecurity perspective. They provide advice to Council and may represent EBSA in specialist fora, where necessary and provide information on the subject to the membership via the EBSA website. Focal points can  initiate new projects in their area of expertise and identified by EBSA as a subject of great importance for the membership At the moment EBSA has the following focal points:

  • Transport of hazardous biological materials (Gijsbert van Willigen)
    • Advise EBSA members on changes in regulations in the transport of infectious substances, clinical specimens, GMO's
    • provide information and education on transport changes to the biosafety community
  • BTWC/CBRN (Dick Verduin)
    • Represents EBSA's interests at international BTWC/CBRN meetings and in related initiatives
  • Liason World Health Organisation (Uwe Muller-Doblies)
    • Attend meetings in relation to topics of interest for EBSA, inform EBSA members about initiatives, new documents and meetings of interest to EBSA members
  • Liason World Organisation for Animal Health (Uwe Muller-Doblies)
    • Attend meetings in relation to topics of interest for EBSA, inform EBSA members about initiatives, new documents and meetings of interest to EBSA members
  • Diversity and Inclusion (Gabriel Ó Ríordáin)
    • Advise EBSA on issues of diversity and inclusion
    • Promote EBSA in new areas and regions
    • Monitor diversity at EBSA
  • Containment of arthropods (Jillian Deans and Eva Veronesi)
    • Providing information on how to handle infected and exotic arthropods under biosafety containment
    • Provide information on safe insectaries design
    • Editing and implementation of standard operation procedures (SOPs) for experimental infection of arthropods
    • Advise EBSA community members on new regulation for arthropod containment and transportation of live specimens