BBP Newsflash 2022 #3

Save the date!

We are preparing our next online webinar on 6 October2022 which will elaborate on less well-known transport legislation such as access & benefit sharing and dual use. More information will follow soon.

Revised Belgian classification lists of pathogens and their corresponding class of biological risk

SBB/Sciensano has recently published updated classification lists of bacteria and unconventional agents on the Belgian Biosafety Server.

As these revised classification lists provide updated information on pathogenic organisms, the user is advised to consult these revised lists for performing a risk assessment in the frame of the contained use legislation.

Update BBP Guidance Document 'Movement of Biological Material'

We are happy to announce the publication of the 2022 update of the BBP Guidance document.Since the BBP workshop on movement of biological material in February 2022, some small adjustments were made to the workshop version to provide you with up-to-date information.You can find the document via the BBP-website (member section), under outputand BBP documents and educational material’ or download it direclty here.

Modification Biobank legislation

If you use human derived material for R&D, you are certainly aware of the Biobank legislation (i.e.the law of 19 December 2008 on the acquisition and use of human body material for the purpose of human medical applications or scientific research, the RD of 9 January 2018 on biobanks). In the recently published law of 23 February a ‘lighter’ regime is elaborated for artificial material such as established cell lines and extracted material such as organelles, ribosomes, mitochondria, RNA and DNA. Artificial and extracted material do not any longer need to be registered and stored at an officially recognized biobank. However, the starting material (e.g. human tissue, human cells) used to extract material or to produce artificial material still needs to be registered and stored in an officially recognized biobank. This lighter regime is not applicable when performing genetic research on artificial or extracted material.

See: for more detail.

New website Biocides

SPF Santé Publique -FOD Volksgezondheid has elaborated a new website (see: on biocides for the professional user. On this website you can find general information on biocides, legislative aspects, safety & environment, a guideline to help you through the registration procedure for users of closed-circuit biocides and an interactive search tool to check if the biocides you use are registered for the Belgian market.

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