Past EBSA events

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course H. Biological Waste handling (validation, technical aspects)  (2 days)


    Waste management is a topic of interest to all facilities who manage biological agents, no matter how large or small, private or public; but mostly it is not seen as a very exciting or sexy topic.

    Check out the details for this course

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course B. Fundamentals for (re)design of a safe and compliant BSL3 facility (2 day)


    The course will include a site visit.

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course A. Auditing: a comprehensive and practical introduction


    This two day practical course provides a comprehensive and sound practical introduction to auditing. The course takes participants through the principles, recognized best practices and essential techniques of (HSE / biosafety) auditing. It provides them with guidance on planning and performing of an audit in line with international standards.

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course F. Biorisk assessment and management: basic principles and how to get it right (1 day)


    This course is aimed at defining and implementing the principles of risk assessment and risk management in different situations. Some situations are complex and present significant risks which need to be managed and demonstrated as effective. Suitable for early career and those wishing to improve risk assessment skills and knowledge.

    Check all details here

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    17 May 2022

    Pre conference course D. Personal protection equipment (PPE) – making optimal choices


    This course will both give a theoretical overview of the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories and alsothe practical experience with different sorts of PPE. 

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    16 December 2021

    EBSA Thursday - European Plant Health Regulatory framework: Principles, Implementation and Obstacles

    This session will focus on the European Plant Health Regulatory framework which entered into force as of Dec 14, 2019. It modernized the plant health regime with the aim to protect the Union's territory and its plants, ensure safe trade, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health of our crops and forests. We will discuss implementation of the new rules in different EU member states, their impact on handling and importing plants and plant pathogens, as well as provide discussion opportunity on obstacles confronted by the EBSA members.

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    02 December 2021

    Blended learning

    Instructors: Henrik Bregnhoj & Lawrence Dickson

    This course will give you an introductory experience with application of current digital educational technologies like production and use of power point-based videos, planning and execution of webinars, and the use of an Learning Management System

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    25 November 2021

    BBP online webinar 'Biosafety out of the ordinary’

    During this morning online webinar different “out of the ordinary” biosafety topics will be discussed, including working with Algae (by Pascale Van Rooij, Perseus), the arthropod containment level (by Marco Brustolin, ITM Antwerp) and bacteriophages (by Katia Pauwels, SBB/Sciensano).

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    18 November 2021

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Instructors: Ulrika Allard Bengtsson and Per Staugaard

    This course will both give a theoretical overview of the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories ...

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    16 November 2021

    Epidemiology - what is it and what do these numbers really mean?

    New date to be announced soon due to the instructor being out sick.

    Instructors: Andreea Dobrescu

    1. Introduction to Epidemiology
    2. Summarizing Data
    3. Measures of Risk ...

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    14 October 2021

    Biosafety Culture

    Instructors: Jan Piet Tijssen & Cathy Bakker

    This course intends to inspire you. To convince you that safety not only pays (for you and the company), but also is fun and moreover a serious profession.

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    30 September 2021

    Bloodborne pathogens in the lab: minimize exposure & prevent infection

    Instructor: Dana Brehar-Cioflec
    Moderator: Heather Sheeley

    This course will provide an overview on the main aspects of working safely with blood and blood containing materials in various types of laboratories (diagnostic, research, etc.).

    Prevention of laboratory infections involving bloodborne pathogens will be addressed with focus on general and specific prevention measures, materials and equipment, as well as health monitoring.

    Brief exercises will be included to highlight the discussed aspects.

    International and European regulations and recommendations will be highlighted and relevant references and links will be provided.

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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