Past EBSA events

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    16 September 2021

    EBSA Thursday - BioEthics & Dual Use in relation to BioRisk

    General overview on BioEthics in relation to Biorisks
    by Dr. Takis Vidalis (Senior Scientist - Legal Advisor at the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission, Greece)

    Dual Use
    by Dr. Rik Bleijs and MSc. Iris Vennis (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands).

    Moderators Dr. Mieke Jansen & Dr. Marcel van Bergen

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    02 September 2021

    BBP online webinar 'BBP behind the scenes: Task Forces and working groups’

    The Sars-CoV2 pandemic made it impossible to organize physical meetings, however BBP never stopped working.

    During this morning webinar we want to give BBP and EBSA members an opportunity to get a “view behind the scenes” of our organization.

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    19 August 2021

    Disinfection and Sterilization

    This course is an introduction to the subject. It describes the most commonly used chemical and physical methods, with an emphasis on the important criteria to be assessed in choosing an approach and verifying its effectiveness.

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    01 July 2021

    Auditing for maximum impact – an introduction

    Instructor: Julia Cotton

    Biosafety professionals must be able to carry out biosafety and biosecurity audits and inspections, identify failures, non-conformities, corrective actions and areas for improvement and monitor progress.

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    23 June 2021

    Annual General Meeting

    Members only event

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    17 June 2021

    EBSA Thursday

    New Genomic Techniques – safely managing innovation in times of legal uncertainty

    The third of 5 online, member only, meetings in 2021

    In 2008 the European GMO competent authorities established a working group to determine if organisms modified by new techniques would be subject of the GMO legislation. Ten years later, after a bumpy procedural road, the European Court of Justice indicated that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and that only those obtained by conventional mutagenesis techniques are exempted from the GMO legislation. This legal interpretation triggered a fierce debate with all parties agreeing that the definitions included the 90’ies GMO legislation were outdated.

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    03 June 2021

    Introduction to vaccinology

    Instructor: Gideon Kersten

    The course gives insight in the exciting field of vaccinology. The relevance of vaccines does not need emphasis in these days. But how do they work? ...

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    20 May 2021

    Gene Drives: Technologies, applications & biosafety challenges

    Instructors Fred Wassenaar & Patrick Rüdelsheim

    Gene drives allow for a trait to be transmitted to subsequent generations in a ratio that deviates from the laws of Mendelian inheritance. Active in sexually-reproducing species, they are powerful tools to “drive” ... read all info and register here

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    11 May 2021

    ISO 35001 – An introduction into the biorisk management standard

    RE-RUN UPON POPULAR DEMAND (confirmation as soon as we have 25 participants)

    The ISO 35001 standard on “Biorisk management for laboratories and other related organisations - is the first internationally recognized management standard to specifically address hazards associated with laboratories where biological materials are handled at all containment levels. 

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    29 April 2021

    EBSA Thursday "Risk assessments – One size does not fit all"

    The second of 5 online, member only, meetings in 2021

    with Ursula Jenal and Toon De Kesel

    Every single document on biorisk management stresses the importance of a robust risk assessment. The fourth edition of the WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual promotes the thorough, evidence-based and transparent assessment of the risks. ISO 35001 stipulates that an organization shall ensure that suitable methodologies for assessing and prioritizing biorisks are identified, implemented, maintained, and documented.

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    22 April 2021

    Désinfection - Décontamination - Stérilisation du matériel biologique: Notions de bases (French)

    Course completely in French
    Cours entièrement en français

    Ce cours est une introduction au sujet. Il décrit les approches les plus utilisées, en mettant l’accent sur les critères important à évaluer pour le choix d’une approche et la vérification de son efficacité.

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    21 April 2021

    Biological Risk Assessment – How safe are we in our labs if we apply the risk based approach according to the new WHO Biosafety Manual?

    RE-RUN UPON POPULAR DEMAND (confirmation as soon as we have 25 participants)

    In this webinar these and other questions will be addressed by using the risk based approach of the new WHO biosafety manual. 

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    04 March 2021

    EBSA Thursday - WHO LBM4 – Biorisk management beyond risk groups and biosafety levels

    The WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual (LBM) serves as a de facto global standard that presents best practices and sets trends in biosafety. The recent publication of the fourth edition expands the thorough, evidence-based and transparent assessment of the risks, allowing safety measures to be balanced with the actual risk of working with biological agents on a case-by-case basis. 

    A challenging shift from routines based on levels? An opportunity to allow optimizing risk management, in particular in less resourced envrionments? Join us and discuss with two of the LBM4 contributors, active EBSA members, providing their insights on the (r)evolution this version marks and how biosafety professionals can use it in their daily practice.

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    06 October 2020

    EBSA 2020 online webinar

    2 half day online webinar

  15. 17 October 2019

    BBP workshop on risk assessment (Cancelled)

    CANCELLED

    A half-day workshop focusing on risk assessment. Not only will you be introduced to the ins and outs of risk assessment, there will also be plenty of opportunity to practice in risk assessment by yourself by means of case studies and an interactive discussion. Also, we will take the opportunity to highlight the recent accomplishments and future plans of the BBP Task Forces and Working Groups. The ideal opportunity to find out what BBP has done and hopes to do for you in the future to support you as a biosafety professional. Moreover, you may be challenged to join in one of the Task Forces or Working Groups yourself!

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    04 April 2019

    EBSA22 Conference - Bucharest

    EBSA22 Conference - Bucharest

  17. 05 February 2019

    Symposium on emergency preparedness and response

    Organized by the Belgian Biosafety Professionals (BBP) and the Dutch Association for Biosafety Officers (BVFp)

    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Working with hazardous biological material or providing the necessary support to have people working safely with the hazardous material is our day-to-day job. For that, we are experienced in assessing the risk of contained use activities, to train our coworkers and to watch over a culture of biosafety.

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    19 April 2018

    EBSA21 Conference - Copenhagen

    The conference on April 19 and 20 2018 took place at the Maersk Tower of  the  Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen.

  19. 09 February 2018

    BBP workshop "The biocide legislation and its impact on contained laboratories, greenhouses and animal facilities"

    Geo-Instituut 200E, Celestijnenlaan 200e – Heverlee (Leuven)

    Are you finding your way in the biocide legislation? Or are you struggling, as many colleagues, with questions like:

    • Can I still use particular products (e.g. Virkon®) and, if so, for how long?
    • If not, what are suitable alternative products?
    • Do we need to change our decontamination procedures?  
    • What are the consequences of the biocide legislation on my organization?

    We hope to offer clarity during the BBP workshop 

  20. 29 September 2017

    BSOH and BBP joint study day on biological agents: Biological risk: how to assess, contain and protect oneself

    FOD WASO Brussel, Zaal Storck