Meeting of PBSA Management and BOD – 18th May 2020, National Institute of Health (Islamabad)

Meeting of PBSA Management and BOD – 18th May 2020, National Institute of Health (Islamabad)

A meeting was held between the general management and Board of Directors (BOD) of Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) at National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad, on 18 May 2020.

The agenda of the meeting was on future trainings which PBSA can conduct with reference to COVID19 (awareness raising through virtual trainings, refresher courses and training of Bioprism Trainers); engaging members; possible collaborations of PBSA with other organizations; dissemination and discussion of PBSA publications; and future plans which are to be achieved.

Executive Director NIH, Dr. Aamer Ikram, appreciated the efforts of PBSA and discussed how PBSA can collaborate with the NIH Institute of Occupational Safety, in conducting workshops as well as trainings.

The meeting concluded with an agreement that PBSA resources (trainers, material, and training platforms) be utilized in spreading the message of biosafety and biosecurity, as well as COVID19 related training for all lab workers and healthcare workers.

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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