Foreword: All laboratories should maintain a biologically safe and secure working environment. A laboratory, while upholding that commitment, should comply with all local and international regulations and guidelines governing the correct handling of biological materials. In order to achieve that goal, there should be a laboratory biorisk manual that is tailor-made for your institution that will serve as a guiding document for laboratory staff and management.
This program, featuring experts from the BioRisk Association of the Philippines (BRAP2015), Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA), and Health Security Partners (HSP) will train participants on how to develop a laboratory biorisk manual that is specifically designed for their institution, in line with national policy and international standards and guidelines, followed by review and validation by external subject matter experts.
The laboratory biorisk manual output of this workshop should provide information and guidance to protect workers and the surrounding environment from imminent exposure to biological hazardous agents handled inside the laboratory. It should also ensure the security of valuable biological materials and provide oversight of dual use research of concern (DURC). The laboratory biorisk manual should describe the basic constituents of biosafety, biosecurity, including DURC, and biorisk management system. Additionally, the manual should lead the laboratorian on what to do in response to laboratory emergency situations.
The module initially created by Dr. Miguel Martin Moreno (Founding President of BRAP) has been going around doing writeshops with the Philippine Association of Medical Technolosists (PAMET) chapters all over the country since 2017. Dr. Moreno, together with BRAP Auditor Prof. Oliver Shane Dumaoal and PAMET Regional Director for Southern Tagalog were invited by HSP to come over to Sri Lanka and deliver the BRAP module. With them in the panel of experts are Prof. Shamsul Arfin Qasmi Founding Member of and XCO member of PBSA and Prof. Saeed Khanb, incumbent Vice President of PBSA.
Both associations, BRAP and PBSA thank Dr. Prasad Kudavali of Health Security Partners for making this new collaboration possible.