The Biosafety Program applies to all persons directing or involved in the handling or storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes. Biohazards include, but are not limited to: infectious material (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, cell lines, blood, prions, animal pathogens, aquatic animal pathogens, vector-borne pathogens and plant pests, and microbial toxins (e.g. botulinum toxin, cholera toxin and diphtheria toxin)).
The University of Calgary’s Biosafety Program is designed to promote and monitor compliance with acts, regulations, directives, standards, and guidelines published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provincial regulators, and other parties with oversight over biosafety and biosecurity.
Biosafety and Emergency Response Standard
Biosafety and Emergency Response Standard - Revised, Feb. 2018
Biosafety Advisory - Oct. 2018
Biosafety Manual - Revised, Sep. 2017
Biosafety Manual and Standards - Sep. 2017
Biosafety Program Update
Biosafety Program - Mandatory Training - April 2016
Post-exposure Protocol for Biological Hazards - Revised, July 2015
Biosafety Program - Fundamental projects - July 2015
Biosafety Program Update Plan - Feb. 2015
Biosafety Program - Salmonella Advisory - Aug. 2017
Biosafety Program - Biohazard Transfer Procedure - Aug. 2017
Biosafety Cabinet Replacement Program
Risk Newsletter - May 2016
BSC Replacement Program - Jan. 2016
Biosafety Update: Permit System Integration
BioLogistix Benefits Biosafety Committee - Sep. 2015
Communication from Andre Buret, AVP (Research) - April 2014
Viral Vector Standard
Viral Vector Standard - Revised, Sep. 2017
The Biosafety Committee is an advisory committee to the Vice-President Research, ensuring the effectiveness of the biosafety program. The committee meets quarterly and is responsible for developing standards or procedures to be followed when handling biohazards in accordance with the applicable acts, regulations, directives, standards and guidelines.
These include, but are not limited to: Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Regulations, Health of Animals Act and Regulations, Canadian Biosafety Standards, Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal Pathogens, Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Plant Pests, Arthropod Containment Guidelines, and other applicable Federal and Provincial acts, regulations, standards and Municipal bylaws.
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference - Revised Sep. 24, 2015
Dr. Roman Krawetz
Chair, nonvoting (unless a deciding vote is required)
Cumming School of Medicine — Senate
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403.210.6268
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Doug Morck
Animal Health Unit
email@example.com | 403.220.5278
Dr. Robert Thompson
Office of the Vice-President (Research)
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403.220.5407
Dr. Neil Duncan
Schulich School of Engineering
email@example.com | 403.220.8553
Raylene De Bruyn
Faculty of Kinesiology
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403.220.8218
email@example.com | 403.210.3880
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403.220.5880
Dr. Eoin O'Grady
Ex officio, voting
University Biosafety Officer
email@example.com | 403.220.7509
Ex officio, nonvoting
Director of Environment, Health and Safety
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403.220.4028
Ex officio, voting
Manager of Research, Ethics and Compliance
email@example.com | 403.220.7938
The University of Calgary has developed a Biosafety Manual to provide direction through policies and procedures to minimize the risks when working with biohazards. The Biosafety Manual applies to all persons performing controlled activities involving the handling/storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposed within facilities managed and controlled by the university.
- Biosafety and Emergency Response Standard - 2018.02.02
- Biosafety Cabinet Standard - Revised: 2021.12.02
- Viral Vector Standard - Revised: 2017.09.15
- Biohazard Laboratory Rules Poster - Revised: 2015.07.01
- Biohazard Transfer Procedure (Recipient-Importer) - Revised: 2019.11.01
- Biohazard Transfer Procedure (Supplier-Exporter) - Revised: 2019.11.01
The university is committed to adhere to the relevant, most current version of:
- Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Regulations
- Health of Animals Act and Regulations
- Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines
- Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal Pathogens
- Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Plant Pests
- Arthropod Containment Guidelines
and other applicable Federal and Provincial acts, regulations, standards and Municipal bylaws.
Principal Investigators (PIs) must obtain a Biosafety Permit from the Biosafety Committee for the handling or storage of biohazards. Biosafety Permit application/modification/renewal and biohazard inventory are managed online through BioLogistix, a module of ChematixTM.
The PI must keep the Biosafety Permit current by identifying changes in biohazards or locations, as required. The PI must annually renew the permit.
Requirements are in place governing import, export, receipt, and transfer of biohazards. Refer to the Biosafety Manual for Biohazard Transfer Procedure.