Human Pathogens and Toxins (HPTA) Implementation

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has updated the regulations for the use of biological agents in Canada. Major changes in the compliance framework are taking place effective December 1, 2015. In short, the new regulations will establish and harmonize national requirements for the safe and secure handling of human pathogens and toxins. Compliance with these regulations will be critical and will affect faculties, departments, research units as well as individual investigators.  Of note is a stronger focus on biosecurity as well as biosafety. 

The requirements for establishing Containment  Zones to comply with federal regulations can be found in the resources listed below.

DDD Informational Letter on the New Regulations

Overview and Impact of 2015 Changes to Biosafety Regulations at the U of M (Includes the Key elements for Review with Department Heads)

PHAC Overview of Changes Coming into Effect December 1, 2015

PHAC FAQs on the New Regulations