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14th Annual Biorisk Conference.
Biosafety & Biosecurity – For Sustainable Development
in Health and Agriculture

17 - 20 September 2019, Hotel Intercontinental, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Introduction

This regional conference aims at generating a forum exchange on the various current Biosafety and biosecurity issues of concern at the global, regional, national and technical level.

Topics of discussion range from biorisk, bio-preparedness to sharing of scientific knowledge and technical issues of concern in the region. Special features include current hottest debate on Harnessing Sciences VS Bio Threat of multidiscipline, updates on new innovative biotechnology, duel use etc.

International biosafety experts and professionals from around the world will be speaking and sharing their knowledge and experiences. This conference will be a valuable opportunity for networking and be updated with the current development on biosafety and biosecurity uniquely to the Asia-Pacific region.


Conference Highlight

  • Pre-conference workshop of regional interest, including designing containment facilities, requirements for Institutional Biosafety Committees etc
  • Disease outbreak investigation and public health challenges in biosafety and biosecurity
  • New and emerging technology – addressing long and short term challenges and threats
  • Partnership in tackling international and regional biorisk issues from the perspective of bio-preparedness, bio-resources to dilemma between Bioethics, Biosafety, Biosecurity, etc
  • Sustainable and cost-effective design for biological laboratories and animal facilities
  • Regional and international updates, gap analysis and experience sharing and networking to develop global strategies in identifying and addressing biorisk

Other conference activities:
IFBA Biosafety Professional Certification Course & Examination

Opportunity for networking:
Experience sharing and networking with international biosafety safety experts

Opportunity for exhibition & sponsorship:
Exhibits showcasing the latest in laboratory biosafety and biosecurity products and services

Biosafety Community Coming Together:
A-PBA AGM
IFBA Certification Exam Session
National Biosafety Associations / Working Groups in the Asia-Pacific meeting

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION RATE

Registration Fees Standard Rate (SGD) Member Rate (SGD)
Pre-Conference Workshop (Full day) 600 500
Pre-Conference Workshop (Half day) 300 250
Conference Registration Fee 1050 950
Networking Dinner (19 Sep 2019) 65 65

 

 

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Who Should Attend

  • Biosafety Professionals and practitioners
  • Researchers and laboratory workers
  • Biosafety Managers & Consultants
  • Engineers and Architects
  • Suppliers and Vendors
  • Professionals interested in updates of biosafety and biosecurity
  • Senior Administrations, Directors and Managers from healthcare  industry, educational institutes, veterinary and other industry cluster

Pre-Conference Workshop, Conference Program & Visa Information

Pre-conference Workshop Program Detail

Conference Program Detail

Visa Information

 

Call for Poster Presentation

We are inviting biosafety practitioners and professionals who wish to share their experiences and expertise to submit the abstract for poster presentation at the conference.

Please click on the button below for more details on submission of free paper and poster presentation.

 

Open Paper & Poster Submission

Speaker Abstract

 

 

WS1: PREPARATORY COURSE FOR IFBA BIORISK MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
Professor Dr Lim Yang Mooi
Chairperson, Centre for Cancer Research Department of Pre-Clinical Science Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) offers professional certification in biorisk management for biosafety professionals worldwide. This professional certification not only could enhance the credentials of certificants, it is also very vital for career advancement and essential for recognition among colleagues and employers. In view of the importance of professional certification in biorisk management, Asia Pacific Biosafety Association (APBA) in collaboration with IFBA organise a preparatory course for IFBA professional certification examination for biosafety professional from this region. The course covers the fundamental topics that include Fundamental of Biorisk Management, CWA 15793 Laboratory Biorisk Management, Implementing a Biorisk Management System and Roles and Responsibilities for Biorisk Management. Case studies is integrated in this course to enhance effective learning among participants. Upon the completion of the course, participants would acquire the body of knowledge in biorisk management. Through this professional certification, more certificants with high standard of excellence and technical competency will be engaged to implement biorisk management system in this region.

WS1: PREPARATORY COURSE FOR IFBA BIORISK MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
Dr Cheng Siang Tan 
Centre for Tropical and Emerging Diseases Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) offers professional certification in biorisk management for biosafety professionals worldwide. This professional certification not only could enhance the credentials of certificants, it is also very vital for career advancement and essential for recognition among colleagues and employers. In view of the importance of professional certification in biorisk management, Asia Pacific Biosafety Association (APBA) in collaboration with IFBA organise a preparatory course for IFBA professional certification examination for biosafety professional from this region. The course covers the fundamental topics that include Fundamental of Biorisk Management, CWA 15793 Laboratory Biorisk Management, Implementing a Biorisk Management System and Roles and Responsibilities for Biorisk Management. Case studies is integrated in this course to enhance effective learning among participants. Upon the completion of the course, participants would acquire the body of knowledge in biorisk management. Through this professional certification, more certificants with high standard of excellence and technical competency will be engaged to implement biorisk management system in this region.

 

 

 

WS2: WORKING IN BIO-CONTAINMENT LAB – CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONs FOR A SAFE & SUSTAINABLE LABORATORY
Mr Dan Yoong
Managing Director World BioHazTec Pte. Ltd. Singapore

Designing a containment facility is complicated especially for to-be-BSL3 project owners. To some, it feels like entering into an unknown arena of Guidelines, Certifications, Requirements and Engineering. This workshop is designed to provide professionals with such knowledge. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will discover with hands-on experiences & exercises the principles of BSL3 design and engineering. Each topic is inter-related and participants will have the opportunity to put together a BSL3 facility design applying these principles. It will also bring participants through the process of certification planning and execution. Participants will be trained to apply risk management and sustainability considerations throughout the course.

 

WS3: BIOSAFETY CABINET – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR LAB SAFE
Mr Kenny Chee
Global Technical Support Manager Esco Micro Pte Ltd Singapore

Kenny has held a variety of engineering, service management positions; together with product management, quality assurance, and global service team in Esco. Having worked with Esco for the past 16 years, he has also gained extensive biological safety cabinet, laminar flow, fume hood, cleanroom and pharmaceutical equipment industry experience as he has installed and commissioned numerous of units while working with Esco. He has been involved with Esco’s Safety Awareness Educational Program, where he has been conducting many seminars, trainings and workshops to promote awareness on biological safety and chemical fumes hazard containment at hospitals, universities, research centers, private laboratories and research facilities, worldwide. He had conducted talks in CETA (Cleanroom Environment Testing Association), in National University of Singapore (on Safety Awareness of Biosafety, Laboratory, Chemical Fumehood), in Philippine Society of Pathologists, Inc, etc. He is also a NSF and TUV NORD accredited biosafety cabinet certifier, an International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) Certified Professional for Biorisk Management and has also attained the National Environment Balancing Bureau (NEBB) test for cleanroom technicians. Besides that, he is also a recognised trainer for NSF49 accreditation program.

 

WS4: INSTITUTIONAL BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE: ROLES & LEADERSHIP TOOLS
Ms T.S. Saraswathy Subramaniam
Biorisk Consultant, Malaysia & President, Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a formal expert committee of an organization undertaking Research and Development (R & D) on biohazardous activities and modern biotechnology. The scope of the IBC may be extended as deemed necessary by the respective organization. This workshop provides guidance, on the setting up of an IBC, the roles and responsibilities of its members and the processes that are regulated by the committee expert panel to safeguard human and animal health, plant and the environment. Relevant international regulations, national policies and guidelines that govern biosafety and biosecurity in a country will be discussed to provide guidance on compliance of the organization. The workshop interactive discussions will cover the fundamental principles and elements of a biorisk management system, IBC roles in the biorisk management program of an organization, tools used in risk analysis strategies, responsibilities of the biological safety officer and leadership skills to carry out the broad scope of job responsibilities.

 

 

 

WS5: BIOSECURITY AND BIOTHREAT REDUCTION: COUNTRY EXPERIENCES
Ms T.S. Saraswathy Subramaniam
Biorisk Consultant, Malaysia & President, Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association

Brigadier General (Dr) Saidur Rahman
Deputy Commandant and Director of Training Armed Forces Medical College Dhaka, Bangladesh

Biological threats from misuse of biological agents for hostile purposes pose a serious and complex threat to global health security. The revolution of biotechnology research and synthetic biology also raise concerns on the dual use potential and need for ethical responsibilities among life scientists. In recent years the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) has focussed on the need for awareness raising on laboratory biosecurity and codes of conduct for life scientists. The objective of this workshop is to share information, perspectives and experiences on a wide range of aspects of biosecurity implementation and biothreat reduction. The workshop will commence with a brief discussion of the BTWC and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540), that compel countries to strengthen their implementation of biosecurity. The forum will encourage discussions on measures for promoting awareness among the scientific community, including codes of conduct for scientists, biorisk management culture and ethics in research and publications. and participants will also share national legislations to enhance the security of pathogens and toxin, confidence building measures, as well as biosafety and biosecurity education and awareness.

 

WS6: ASSESSING AND INVESTGATING DISEASE OUTBREAKS: NATURAL AND DELIBERATE
Dr Julie E. Fischer
Director Elizabeth R. Griffin Program Center for Global Health Science and Security Georgetown University Medical Center, USA

The International Health Regulations and other global health security frameworks call upon national stakeholders to develop the capacities to detect, assess, and respond effectively to unusual or unexpected health events. What constitutes an “unusual or unexpected event,” and what capabilities and coordination mechanisms are required to investigate disease outbreaks identified as unusual or unexpected? This workshop will focus on multi-sectoral preparedness and planning to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats, whether natural or deliberate. The workshop will focus on biopreparedness and will review special considerations for disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations, and disease prevention and control measures in the context of an unusual or unexpected event. Case studies will be used to emphasize a shared understanding of concepts in biothreats, and the need to consider biosafety and biosecurity across sectors and levels from the first detection of an unusual event to the management and sharing of information, knowledge, and materials. The workshop will include interactive exercises, including scenario-based discussions and brainstorming sessions.

 

WS6: ASSESSING AND INVESTGATING DISEASE OUTBREAKS: NATURAL AND DELIBERATE
Dr Asadulghani
Head Biosafety and BSL3, icddr, b, Dhaka, Bangladesh & President Bangladesh Biosafety and Biosecurity Society

The International Health Regulations and other global health security frameworks call upon national stakeholders to develop the capacities to detect, assess, and respond effectively to unusual or unexpected health events. What constitutes an “unusual or unexpected event,” and what capabilities and coordination mechanisms are required to investigate disease outbreaks identified as unusual or unexpected? This workshop will focus on multi-sectoral preparedness and planning to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats, whether natural or deliberate. The workshop will focus on biopreparedness and will review special considerations for disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations, and disease prevention and control measures in the context of an unusual or unexpected event. Case studies will be used to emphasize a shared understanding of concepts in biothreats, and the need to consider biosafety and biosecurity across sectors and levels from the first detection of an unusual event to the management and sharing of information, knowledge, and materials. The workshop will include interactive exercises, including scenario-based discussions and brainstorming sessions.

WS7: BIOSAFETY INSPECTIONS AND AUDIT
Mr David Lam
Assistant Director Singapore General Hospital Singapore

Laboratory safety audit is a systematic evaluation of the specific safety management system/process. The main purpose is to document the activities being carried out within the System complies with all necessary requirements such as accreditation standards and relevant legislative requirements. It is usually conducted by an independent group of personnel. Outcome of an audit provides laboratory managers and senior management a snap-shot of the current status. As a result, appropriate resources can be deployed to enhance the safety and quality of the work in laboratory. There are different approaches to a safety audit. This course shares with the participants some of the elements in laboratory audits.

WS8: RISK ASSESMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr William (Bill) Arndt International Program Lead Quality and Safety Systems Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, USA

Global health is an international effort that depends on the local response of public health and clinical laboratories that function as the first line of defense during a pandemic response. Coordination of biosafety and biosecurity within laboratories and across borders is challenged by the ever-increasing array of 21st century health threats posed by emerging infectious diseases and new technologies. Furthermore, public health and clinical laboratories are unique environments in which the hazards associated with diagnostic specimens are often unknown. As a result, public health and clinical laboratories regularly encounter newly emerging and reemerging infectious agents during routine operations. The traditional guidance for biosafety in a clinical laboratory setting emphasizes the use of traditional BSL-2 facilities and Standard Precautions; however, this may not be sufficient certain conditions. Risk assessment is the foundation for determining under what conditions work should be conducted and communication of the risks present is vital to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis. However, due to the nature and breadth of work performed in clinical laboratories, the risk assessment process requires a unique approach. This course will promote a biorisk management style approach to biosafety in clinical laboratories that emphasizes the importance of 1) conducting activity and laboratory specific risk assessments, 2) communicating relevant to key stakeholders, 3) implementing mitigation measures based on the risks present in a clinical laboratory setting, and 4) integrating a rigorous training and performance evaluation process that embraces continual assessment and improvement. Instructional methods will incorporate lecture, interactive activities, and case studies. This course will review risk assessment and communication for international implementation of biosafety and biosecurity in the global health response to infectious disease. Students will gain an appreciation of risk assessment approach and the importance of risk communication to all relevant stakeholders that play a role in a facility’s biorisk management program. Course objectives: 1. Understand what is risk assessment and communication and why should we care 2. Understand theories and ways for effective risk assessment and communication 3. Communicate relevant risks within public health and clinical laboratories settings 4. Practice risk assessment and communication skills

WS8: RISK ASSESMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr Natasha K. Griffith
Chief Quality and Safety Systems Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, USA

Global health is an international effort that depends on the local response of public health and clinical laboratories that function as the first line of defense during a pandemic response. Coordination of biosafety and biosecurity within laboratories and across borders is challenged by the ever-increasing array of 21st century health threats posed by emerging infectious diseases and new technologies. Furthermore, public health and clinical laboratories are unique environments in which the hazards associated with diagnostic specimens are often unknown. As a result, public health and clinical laboratories regularly encounter newly emerging and reemerging infectious agents during routine operations. The traditional guidance for biosafety in a clinical laboratory setting emphasizes the use of traditional BSL-2 facilities and Standard Precautions; however, this may not be sufficient certain conditions. Risk assessment is the foundation for determining under what conditions work should be conducted and communication of the risks present is vital to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis. However, due to the nature and breadth of work performed in clinical laboratories, the risk assessment process requires a unique approach. This course will promote a biorisk management style approach to biosafety in clinical laboratories that emphasizes the importance of 1) conducting activity and laboratory specific risk assessments, 2) communicating relevant to key stakeholders, 3) implementing mitigation measures based on the risks present in a clinical laboratory setting, and 4) integrating a rigorous training and performance evaluation process that embraces continual assessment and improvement. Instructional methods will incorporate lecture, interactive activities, and case studies. This course will review risk assessment and communication for international implementation of biosafety and biosecurity in the global health response to infectious disease. Students will gain an appreciation of risk assessment approach and the importance of risk communication to all relevant stakeholders that play a role in a facility’s biorisk management program. Course objectives: 1. Understand what is risk assessment and communication and why should we care 2. Understand theories and ways for effective risk assessment and communication 3. Communicate relevant risks within public health and clinical laboratories settings 4. Practice risk assessment and communication skills

WS9: ANIMAL AND ARTHROPOD BIOSAFETY AND CONTAINMENT
Mr Steve Breslin Senior Architect and Chief
Standards and Policy Branch Office of research Facilities National Institute of Health, USA

Biocontainment is a challenging aspect of any laboratory design, and has additional challenges in laboratory animal facilities. Biocontainment is further complicated in insect facilities, where insects are small, mobile, highly unpredictable vectors for the agents being studied. This workshop will provide an architect’s perspective on designing for containment, particularly the challenges of facilities for laboratory animals and insects. Areas of interest include:
Good lab design to optimize lab procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  BL vs. ABL vs. ACL (Biosafety Level vs. Animal Biosafety Level vs. Arthropod Containment Level)  Animal facility planning and design considerations: ABL-2 and ABL-3  Insect facility planning and design considerations: ACL-2 and ACL-3

WS10: BIOLOGICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT – TOWARDS AFFORDABLE AND SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES FOR ON-SITE AND OFF-SITE BIOWASTE TREATMENT
Dr Philippe Stroot General Manager and Principal Expert
XIBIOS Biosafety Consulting, Tournai, Wallonia Belgium

The management of biological (including hospital) waste is a major problem in many resource limited countries. Most of these are indeed confronted to a severe lack of capacity for on-site and off-site treatment, and a number of practices appear suboptimal, resulting in possible exposure of the waste handlers, populations and the environment. The main purposes of this half-day course are (1) to provide a global overview of the main issues related to biological waste management; (2) to focus on some common bad practices, limitations and difficulties related to the treatment of biological waste, and propose solutions to correct or mitigate them; (3) to present and discuss some alternatives to current waste treatment approaches; (4) to consider and discuss two possible, opposite strategies for biological waste management plans at national level. The workshop will be based on examples from Southeast Asia and other regions, and shall include a case study as a basis for discussion. It should be as interactive as possible, depending on the audience.

 

 

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Intercontinental, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1 Minto Road, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh

Tel: +880 2 55663030;
Reservation: (extensions) 4143, 4144
Fax : +880 2 58310301
www.intercontinental.com/dhaka

InterContinental Dhaka has got a counter at the arrival of the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport, Dhaka. Our counter is operation 24/7 for the assistance of the guests.

Accommodation & Room Reservation:

Kindly send your room reservation form to
reservation@intercontinental-dhaka.com
dewan.sajib@intercontinental-dhaka.com (reservation manager)
CC: Nazrul.islam@intercontinental-dhaka.com;

Download room reservation form HERE to enjoy special room rate for conference delegates.

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunity

2 days of exhibition booth space on conference days (19th-20th Sep 2019) Advertisement space in the program booklet, sponsorship of luncheon, coffee break and many more options to fit your expectation

Who should sponsor / exhibit?
Anyone who supplies, manufactures, provides services or products correlated to biomedical research or biological safety.

 

 

IFBA Biosafety Professional Certification Course & Examination

 

IFBA Certification Course and Exam Registration

SE Asia Certification Exam Grant Application 2019

 

 

A-PBA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This is to announce that the A-PBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019 will be held in conjunction with the A-PBA 14th Biosafety Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh (19 Sep 2019) details as below:

Date     : 19 Sep 2019
Venue  : InterContinental Hotel, Bangladesh
Time    : 5.30pm local time 

Proposed Agenda of AGM:

  1. Adoption of the minutes of AGM 2018 
  2. Annual report from A-PBA EXCO Aug 2018 – Sep 2019
  3. Presentation of Financial Year (FY) 2018 Report
  4. Motion from EXCO – Nomination of 5 Country Representative in A-PBA Executive Council.
  5. Members’ motions
  6. Other matter & updates

A special members’ motion may be requested (by no less than 7 voting members) to be included in the agenda of the AGM by writing to the Secretary no later than 15 Sep 2019. 

The AGM will start at 5.30pm sharp. Please be seated on time.

Note: Only active voting members (non-expiring individual membership) are allowed to vote at the AGM.

Thank you
A-PBA Secretariat