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The Biosafety Program applies to all persons directing or involved in the handling or storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes. Biohazards include, but are not limited to, infectious material (e.g. bacteria, viruses, fungi, cell lines, blood, prions, animal pathogens, aquatic animal pathogens, vector-borne pathogens and plant pests) and microbial toxins (e.g. botulinum toxin, cholera toxin and diphtheria toxin).


The University of Calgary’s Biosafety Program is designed to promote and monitor compliance with acts, regulations, directives, standards and guidelines published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provincial regulators and other parties with oversight over biosafety and biosecurity.

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Biosafety Program

The program document will be published to coincide with the new federal legislation coming into force on December 1, 2015.

Biosafety Manual, Standards and Legislation

The University of Calgary has developed a Biosafety Manual to provide direction through policies and procedures to minimize the risks when working with biohazards. The Biosafety Manual applies to all persons performing controlled activities involving the handling/storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposed within facilities managed and controlled by the University.

The University is committed to adhere to the relevant, most current version of:

and other applicable Federal and Provincial acts, regulations, standards and Municipal bylaws.

Biosafety Permits

Principal Investigators must obtain a Biosafety Permit from the Biosafety Committee for the handling or storage of biohazards.

Biosafety Permit application/modification/renewal and biohazard inventory are managed online through BioLogistix, a module of Chematix

The PI must keep the Biosafety Permit current by identifying changes in biohazards or locations, as required. The PI must annually renew the permit.

Import, Export, Receipt and Transfer

Requirements are in place governing Import, Export, Receipt and Transfer of biohazards. Contact for current instructions.

The transportation of biohazards within Canada is regulated by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

For information on labeling, packaging and documentation requirements refer to Transport Canada and the University's Hazardous Materials Services.


All biosafety training courses offered by the University are accessed via Enterprise Learning. For further information on training requirements refer to EHS Orientation and Training.

University Biosafety Officer and Biosafety Committee

Eoin O’Grady PhD CRSP
University Biosafety Officer
Manager, Occupational Health and Safety (Foothills & Spyhill Campuses)
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Biosafety Committee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What are the rules for working in a biohazard lab?

A. Biohazard Laboratory Rules Poster

Q. What do I need to import biohazards?

A. Contact for current instructions.

Q. What type of training is required to work with biohazards?

A. Training requirements are outlined at Orientation and Training.