Biosafety Program

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.

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 RegulationsCanadian Biosafety StandardsContainment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal PathogensContainment 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

Committee Members

Dr. Roman Krawetz

Chair, nonvoting (unless a deciding vote is required)

Cumming School of Medicine — Senate  | 403.210.6268  



Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Doug Morck

Vice-Chair, voting

Animal Health Unit | 403.220.5278

Dr. Robert Thompson


Office of the Vice-President (Research) | 403.220.5407

Dr. Neil Duncan


Schulich School of Engineering | 403.220.8553

Raylene De Bruyn


Faculty of Kinesiology | 403.220.8218

James Wang


Laboratory Technician | 403.210.3880

Laura Eggen


Laboratory Technician | 403.220.5880

Dr. Eoin O'Grady

Ex officio, voting

University Biosafety Officer | 403.220.7509

Mike Leaist

Ex officio, nonvoting

Director of Environment, Health and Safety | 403.220.4028

Kate Williams

Ex officio, voting

Manager of Research, Ethics and Compliance | 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.

The university is committed to adhere to the relevant, most current version of:

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.

All biosafety training courses offered by the university are accessed via Enterprise Learning. See our training offerings for more information.

Eoin O’Grady PhD CRSP
University Biosafety Officer
Manager, Occupational Health and Safety (Foothills and Spy Hill Campuses)
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  1. Biosafety Permit Renewal and Modification Instructions

    Revised 2021.05.10