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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Serving as the President of Pakistan Biological Safety Association I feel we are working hard to improve the biosafety and biosecurity in Pakistan. We are pioneers in introducing biorisk management in Pakistan and our work has been acclaimed nationally and internationally. We have successfully completed multiple projects and our success indicates our commitment towards our mission to improve biorisk management in Pakistan.

Dr. Aamer Ikram
Dr. Aamer Ikram, President PBSA/ Executive Director NIH Pakistan