The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible to oversee the UFV Biosafety Program and Procedures, provide policy direction, and recommend changes to the administration of the program.
Members of the IBC are appointed by senior management, and jointly with the Institutional Biosafety Officer (IBO), act in an advisory role reporting to the Biosafety Licence holder on matters pertaining to biosafety and biosecurity.
Activities in involving human and animal pathogens and toxins are regulated by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in accordance with:
- The Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA);
- The Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR);
- The Health of Animals Act (HAA);
- The Health of Animals Regulations (HAR).
Biosafety standards and guidelines
To review the national standard for the handling or storing of human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins in Canada, reference the following harmonized publications:
- Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), 2nd Ed. (2015);
- Canadian Biosafety Handbook (CBH), 2nd Ed. (2016);
How to access UFV biosafety documents
On a Windows PC:
- Make sure your computer is connected to the UFV network.
- Open File Explorer and open This PC.
- Open the employee drive.
- Open the folder marked public.
- You should now see the Biosafety folder.