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The Curriculum Biosafety - An initiative of the FOEN, the FOPH, the SUVA and the SECB

In comparison to other safety sectors such as radiation or chemical safety, the options for continuing education in biological safety are somewhat limited. Since 1999, the Ordinance on the Contained Use of Organisms (Containment Ordinance, CO) and the ordinance on occupational safety in biotechnology (SAMV) have stipulated that any activity involving genetically modified or pathogenic organisms be supervised by a person responsible for all aspects of biological safety, the biosafety officer (BSO).

The tasks of a BSO can be difficult: He serves as information agent for all biosafety questions from colleagues or the management as well as from external authorities. The ideal BSO has therefore a higher professional education, if possible with a university degree, extensive laboratory experience, knowledge of all aspects of biosafety, negotiating skills and authoritiy.

Representatives of the FOEN, FOPH, SUVA, SECB and ERFA BIO, in collaboration with professional BSO and private biosafety experts, have thus developed a Curriculum Biosafety to harmonize the biosafety standards within Switzerland on a high professional level. The supervisory committee of the Curriculum Biosafety has appointed b-Safe Ltd as study supervision at the end of April 2009. b-safe Ltd will be the organizer of these courses. All education courses will be held by renowned biosafety experts.


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