Health and Safety  -  Biosafety

Laws, regulations and standards related to biosafety

Canadian Agencies that regulate handling of infectious material, toxins, plants and other pests:

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) regulates all aspects of work (possession, handling, utilisation, production, storage, transfer, disposal and other) with pathogens and toxins affecting humans and terrestrial animals
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulates the importation of pathogens and material potentially infected with animal pathogens, plants and plant pests. An importation permit may be required from CFIA to import biological material potentially infected (pathogens, plants or pests) – Please, contact the BSO for more information.

Canadian acts and regulations that frame work with infectious material, toxins and plant pests:

Canadian standards and guidelines for safe handling of biological material that could cause disease in humans, animals or plants :