Biosafety Officer Workshop in UVAS (13-14 April 2018)

Biosafety Officer Workshop in UVAS (13-14 April 2018)

“Biosafety Officer’s Workshop” was conducted in Microbiology department of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore in collaboration with Pakistan Biological association (PBSA) on 13th – 14th April, 2018. Training was organized and facilitated by IBC committee members and Post- Graduate Students of UVAS. A total of 14 participants from different departments as biosafety officers were nominated by the chairpersons of respective departments, UVAS. Those participants after training are responsible for biorisk management in their departments. From April 13-14, 2018 Workshop activities includes the theoretical and interaction based session with the participants in which Prof. Dr. Masood Rabbani and Dr. Shamsul Arfin Qasmi came and told us about their experience and much more new things about institutional biosafety committee, their development and implementation strategies in institutes and also discuss the real case studies regarding institutional biosafety committee; they also briefly discussed the roles and responsibilities of biosafety officers (BSO) according to the WHO guidelines, CWA 16335-2012 and Punjab biosafety guidelines. Training and policy making specifications were also discussed.

The main purpose of this workshop was to increase the strength of UVAS faculty that they could perform their everyday tasks in an effective manner while keeping themselves as well as other community safe.

Overall, it was a very successful experience to conduct such an informative two-days event at Microbiology department of UVAS.

Dr. Muhammad Irfan explaining the role of BSO in Institute and IBC.

Lecture regarding IBC being provided by Dr. Qasmi

Discussion between participants regarding BSO Role in Institute.

Discussion between participants regarding IBC composition

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Being elected as the President of Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) is a true honour for me. I believe that promoting awareness, knowledge and understanding of biosafety at the regional and national level is responsibility of each member and trainer of the PBSA. This organization is commended in many of the national and international forums for its preventive training for Risk Assessment and management, that was much needed at the time of COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, it has promoted strong collaborations and affiliations with various Biosafety developmental programs that align with international standards to acknowledge and recognize biosafety as a separate scientific discipline within Pakistan. I strongly agree that “no one is safe until everyone is safe”, and would like to work with the PBSA team to implement this approach as far and wide as possible.

Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan
Prof. Dr. Saeed Khan, President PBSA/ Professor Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi