ABOUT PAKISTAN BIOLOGICAL SAFETY ASSOCIATION
Pakistan has entered an era of increased scientific research with advancements in biological research. Work with infectious agents in public and private research sectors, diagnostic laboratories and animal care and research facilities has expanded many folds. Fresh infectious agents with epidemic potentials are rapidly emerging globally. For these reasons, it becomes increasingly important that a national body is formulated that would guide the institution/organizations and individual laboratory directors on issues such as biological risk assessment, the capability of equipment facilities and use of personal protection gears. Application of this knowledge and use of appropriate techniques and equipment will enable the microbiological and bio-medical community to prevent personal, laboratory and environmental exposure to potentially infectious agents or biohazards. The basic concept behind the idea is to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the initial and growing needs of biosafety in Pakistan where it is still in its infancy. In view of the above needs, Pakistan Biological Safety Association was announced on March 29, 2008.
The Pakistan Biological Safety Association is a non-profit, non-governmental professional organization dedicated to the provision of comprehensive knowledge related to Biosafety issues in Pakistan.
“Enhancing the knowledge and practices of professionals and organizations regarding bio-safety and bio-security issues throughout Pakistan in collaboration with international and local organizations and partners”.
- Pakistan Biological Safety Association is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to the provision of comprehensive knowledge related to biosafety issues in Pakistan. This education will promote a safe environment for health care workers, researchers, veterinarian and public in general.
- The fundamental objective of Pakistan biological safety association is to put in place a core group of people trained in biological safety issues that will formulate guidelines for risk assessments, use of safety equipment and containment facility safeguards that can prevent laboratory associated infections in the country.
- The association will act as an advocating body for biological risk assessment, formulation of bio-safety standards and guidelines in accordance with national and international bio-safety protocols.
- The association will be dedicated to expanding professional and public awareness of biological safety through effective communication. Awareness sessions would be held in the form of newsletters, effective use of electronic media and symposia, the aim would be to provide a forum for the continued and timely exchange of biosafety information to health professionals and the general public.