IFBA Professional Certification in Biocontainment Facility Design, Operations, and Maintenance

IFBA Professional Certification in Biocontainment Facility Design, Operations, and Maintenance

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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

The IFBA would like to announce an update to their Professional Certification in “Biocontainment Facility Design, Operations, and Maintenance”. This new examination reflects current risk-based approaches to laboratory facility infrastructure as outlined in the World Health Organization’s 4th edition Laboratory Biosafety Manual and supporting monograph in Laboratory Design and Maintenance.


Laboratories are an integral component of global health security and play a major role in the safe and secure handling of biological materials. Building laboratory infrastructure that is highly dependent on engineering controls and technology presents a challenge in many countries where construction and maintenance costs are prohibitive. Rather than taking a high technology approach, the IFBA adopts a sustainable risk-based approach to designing “built-to-purpose” laboratory equipment and infrastructure that is:

  • relevant to local circumstances
  • tailored to the actual risks of an individual laboratory
  • economically feasible and cost-effective to maintain


Click here to learn more and watch the IFBA’s video on sustainable laboratories.