May 3-6, 2011 – Singapore

The Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association (A-PBA) will present its 6th Annual Biosafety Conference May 3rd – May 6th, 2011 at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore. The biological safety conference is jointly organized by A-PBA and the newly formed Biorisk Association of Singapore (BAS). The event will include a 2 day conference and 2 days of pre-conference workshop programs.

According to the conference organizers “This regional conference aims at generating a forum exchange on the various developments in biosafety practical operation and management in respective countries around the region. Topics of discussion range from practical issues in Biosafety in pandemic, care and use of animal to safety equipment, to the importance of IBC and many more…International biosafety experts and professionals from around the world will be speaking and sharing their knowledge and experiences. This conference will be a valuable opportunity for networking and be updated with the current practical issues on biosafety unique to the Asia-Pacific region.”
The conference will include sharing of professional experience and round table discussions on the following topics:
• Global Biosafety • Practical Biosafety in a Pandemic • Tuberculosis • Biosafety Cabinets in Asia-Pacific –Issues and Challenges Ahead
• High Containment lab – What is Practical for Developing Countries? • Biosafety Practitioners Competence
• Animal Biosafety – Necropsy and Post-mortem Issues • IBC –The Growing Importance and Role of IBC
The event is designed for: “Biosafety Professionals and practitioners, Researchers and Veterinarians, Biosafety Managers & Consultants
Engineers and Architects, Suppliers and Vendors, Professionals interested in updates of biosafety, Senior Administrations, Directors and Managers from healthcare industry, educational institutes and other industry clusters.”
Joe Masella from GERMFREE will present a Pre-conference workshop on Biological Safety Cabinets: “Biosafety Cabinet — Your 1st line of defense; What you should know about selection, certification, operations and maintenance”
Other Pre-conference workshop topics include:
Aerobiology: Principles & Application in Biosafety; Biocontainment Engineering for the Asia-Pacific Region;
Biosafety in the Care and Use of Non-Human Primates; IBC Training & Workshop: Structure, Role and Responsibility of IBC for a Sustainable Biosafety Management Program; Development of a Biorisk management Program: What you need to know;
Animal Facility Design: Biosafety Issues and Challenges Posed by Different Animal Models; Disinfection & Decontamination: What you need to know to do it right.
Additional information about the conference is available on the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association website.
According to the organization: “A-PBA began on 22 Feb 2005 and is already representing over 220 practicing biosafety professionals across the Asia Pacific region namely from countries like Singapore, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippine and Myanmar.
This professional association was formed to congregate practitioners of biological safety for the promotion of biological safety and to facilitate the sharing of biosafety information. A-PBA is an affiliate of American Biosafety Association (ABSA), with representation on the Editorial Board of their journal, Applied Biosafety. Our activities over the past year include various biosafety training courses, conferences and forum exchange.”
According to the A-PBA, the mission of the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association is:
“To foster recognition of Biological Safety as a distinct scientific discipline.
To promote safe management of micro-organisms and the products of biological processes.
To establish a forum for the dissemination and continued exchange of information on biological safety.
To promote biosafety in the Asia-Pacific region through the activities of A-PBA.
To establish links with other biosafety associations internationally.”

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