Public Consultation on the Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), third edition

From Public Health Agency of Canada

Current Status: Open

This consultation is open from April 1 to June 25, 2021.

Goal of the Consultation

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are launching a 75-day consultation period from April 1 to June 25, 2021 to seek feedback on the draft Canadian Biosafety Standard (CBS), third edition. The CBS sets out the physical containment requirements, operational practice requirements, and performance and verification testing requirements that must be met to safely handle or store human and terrestrial animal pathogens and toxins. The CBS, third edition will update and replace the CBS, second edition, originally published in 2015.

The CBS, third edition aims to:

Changes have also been made to some glossary terms and definitions to improve clarity and standardize the language throughout the document. Once published, persons that handle and store pathogens and toxins will be expected to meet the requirements outlined in the CBS, third edition, under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and the Health of Animals Act.

Who is the focus of this consultation?

This consultation is intended for:

How to participate

The PHAC and the CFIA have prepared an online questionnaire to support this consultation process. We will be seeking your feedback on targeted sections of the draft CBS, third edition including:

The online questionnaire also allows you to identify risks that are not being addressed in the draft CBS, third edition. You are not required to answer all questions, with the exception of the demographic questions at the beginning.
We recommend you review the targeted sections of the draft CBS, third edition in advance of completing the questionnaire. An accompanying document, outlining the detailed changes, context, and anticipated impacts, is also available upon request by emailing All the information gathered will be collected by a third party and will be shared anonymously with the PHAC and the CFIA once the consultation period is finished.

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