Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity


The Minister of Health through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA) and its Regulations, the Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR).

The HPTA was enacted in 2009 and came into full force with the HPTR on December 1, 2015.

Together, the HPTA and HPTR establish a regulatory framework to protect the health and safety of the public against the risks posed by human pathogens and toxins.

For further information, please refer to sections below.

Please contact us with any questions:

  • Biosecurity

    Information on requirements related to HPTA Security Clearance Program, including Frequently Asked Questions, Forms and link to the Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBAs)

  • Licensing Program

    Information on Pathogen and Toxins Licence as required under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR), including Types of Licences, application process and Plan for Administrative Oversight for Pathogens and Toxins in a Research Setting - Required Elements and Guidance.

  • Human Pathogens and Toxins Act

    Provides a brief description of acts and regulations managed by the Centre for Biosecurity on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada, including program components, supporting activities, and the Statements of Administrative Intent (SAIs).

  • Canadian Biosafety Standard and Guidelines

    Standard and guidelines used by laboratory researchers and workers in facilities possessing, handling, storing or using pathogens and toxins.

  • Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

    Technical documents providing detailed descriptions of the hazardous properties of specific human pathogens or toxins and recommendations for work practices involving these agents.

  • Risk Groups and Risk Assessment

    Links to the Risk Group Database (ePATHogen), and the pathogen risk assessment template and guidance.

  • Training

    Learning materials to support regulated parties including e-learning courses on the principles and practices of biosafety and biosecurity.

  • Compliance and Enforcement

    Information on the Centre for Biosecurity's Compliance and Enforcement under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA), Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR) and Health of Animals Act and associated regulations (HAA/HAR).

  • Advisories, Notifications and Directives

    Advisories, Notifications and Directives related to containment requirements for a specific pathogen or group of pathogens.

  • About Us

    Information on the Centre for Biosecurity.

  • Engagement Opportunities

    Information on engagement opportunities and how to contact the Centre for Biosecurity.

  • Notifications

    Information on reporting and notification requirements for Licence Holders, Biological Safety Officers and persons conducting controlled activities authorized under a licence.

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