IFBA Certification Body charts future course for Professional Certification Program

IFBA Certification Body charts future course for Professional Certification Program

The IFBA Certification Body meeting ended this week in Ottawa, Canada, with a number of far reaching decisions for the future of the professional certification program. The meeting began with a review of past accomplishments and progress towards achieving the program’s 5-year strategic goals as set out by the IFBA’s Board of Directors and Member Associations in 2016. The review reinforced the Certification Body’s confidence that certification of competency in biorisk management and related technical disciplines remains a worthy goal. In looking to the future, the Certification Body agreed that engaging our growing international network of certified professionals and championing their successes is a top priority. Certified professionals are the best ambassadors for the program, and can offer support to new candidates, their institutions, governments and each other. The Certification Body also highlighted the need to reach new audiences and optimize IFBA’s mobile web and social media presence.


Members of IFBA Certification Body (left to right):
• Bruce Anderson, Canada (Chair)
• TM Chua, Singapore
• Edgar Sevilla-Reyes, Mexico
• Michelle McKinney, USA
• Ursula Jenal, Switzerland
• Patrick Okanya, Kenya
• Aamer Ikram, Pakistan
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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