CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA 15793:2011), Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard, 2011

The objective of this CEN Workshop was to develop and promote the adoption of recognised standards for management of biological risks. It is appreciated that this is a wide ranging field, however commonly shared biorisk principles and practices do apply. Specifically, the objectives proposed will allow laboratories to:

  • Establish a biosafety and biosecurity management system to minimise risk to employees, the community and the environment that may be exposed to biological materials as a consequence of its activities;
  • Implement, maintain and continually improve biosafety and biosecurity management;
  • Assure itself of conformance with its stated biosafety and biosecurity policy;
  • Demonstrate such conformance to others;
  • Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance;
  • Seek internationally recognised third party certification of its biosafety and biosecurity management system.

Although more specialised areas such as facilities designed to handle larger animals and or plants will not be specifically addressed by the proposed project, it is anticipated that many of the principles will be widely applicable to such areas. It is also envisaged that should further, more specialised work be required, this will be considered as part of the project process and additional specific annexes or other measures may be considered during subsequent development stages.

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