African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA)African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA)
The African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA) is a non-governmental and non-profit working to promote biosafety and biosecurity in Africa. AfBSA represents professionals working in the field of biosafety and endeavours to make biosafety a recognized profession with well defined tasks and qualifications.
AfBSA has outlined a mission to:
• To promote biosafety and biosecurity as scientific disciplines in Africa
• Provide professional organization representing the interests and needs of experts of biological safety, and to provide a forum for continuous exchange and timely information on biosafety.
• To develop awareness of biosafety and promote the development of work practices to reduce the risk of occupational disease and the negative environmental impact of infectious agents or biological materials
• To improve the knowledge and understanding of biosafety issues throughout Africa.
• To support the legislation and emerging standards in the areas of biosecurity, biotechnology, transportation and related activities and act as a focal point for the association of views on these issues in Africa.
• Liaise with other biosafety associations internationally.
The organization works to expand biosafety awareness and promote the development of work practices, equipment and facilities to reduce the potential for occupational illness and adverse environmental impact from infectious agents or biologically-derived materials.
AfBSA supports emerging legislation and standards in the areas of biosafety, biosecurity, biotechnology, transport and associated activities.
Editor’s Picks: Articles and resources related to AfBSA and biosafety initiatives in Africa. Links may lead to external sites.
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- Biosafety Issues in Food and Agricultural Systems in Africa
- The State of Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity in the Southern African Development Community .pdf
- Kenya – National Biosafety Authority