Biosafety Program

Human Pathogens and Toxins Act Implementation at U of M - Major changes in the compliance framework for the use of human pathogens and toxins come into force on December 1, 2015. This website provides information for department heads and Biosafety Permit holders.

Here you will find recent EHSO Biosafety Program and PHAC Newsletters and 'New' or 'Revised' Biosafety Program Elements & Guidance Documents.

CBSG CL2 Physical Containment and Operational requirements  - (July 2013)  Note- the CBSG replaces any existing references to the Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines. A link to the complete CBSG is found to the right.


Biosafety Program Overview
Key Program Elements; Biosafety Program Personnel with Contact Information;   Lab Registration form for new Principal Investigators to access to the Biosafety Permit Application and Bioagent Inventory forms.

BIOSAFETY PERMITS (BSPs)link to information on obtaining a U of M Biosafety Permit. These are required to begin work with Risk Group 1-3 biological material in all of U of M owned buildings.  

'Clinical' Biosafety Permit (NEW December 2014) - Now required for clinical areas in U of M-owned buildings where work with human samples is undertaken.

BIOSAFETY TRAINING - link to Generic Biosafety training information as required by everyone working with Risk Group 1-3 Biological agents in all U of M owned buildings.

BIOSAFETY PROJECT APPROVAL CERTIFICATES (BPACs)link to information on the release of Grant and Contract funds for all U of M administered research projects that include work with Risk Group 1-3 biological agents.   

BIOSAFETY MANUAL - link to the Biosafty Manual which is comprised of the U of M Biosafety Guide and a set of accompanying Appendices that describe the U of M requirements for working with biological agents and resources for risk assessments and regulatory compliance.


Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Human Pathogens and Toxins Act
Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines
Human Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Importing Human Pathogens

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Containment Standards for Veterinary Facilities
Animal Pathogen Safety Data Sheets
Importing Animal Pathogens   
Aquatic Animal Pathogens NEW!
Plant Pest Standards and Information NEW!

PHAC Posters from e-learning modules and other resources
Biosafety in the Laboratory 
Procedures to minimize Aerosols  
Status Statement template for Importing RG1 bioagents 
Matrix for Assessment of Risk Group 
Determination of Risk Group and Containment Level