Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

Important Note: Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) are technical documents used by individuals working with pathogens in the laboratory. To obtain any other information about infectious diseases, please visit Infectious Diseases.

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDSs) (previously titled Material Safety Data Sheets for infectious substances) are technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen and provide recommendations for work involving these agents in a laboratory setting. These documents have been produced by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as educational and information resources for laboratory personnel working with infectious substances.

Please note that work involving pathogens in Canada may require compliance with international, national, and provincial laws and guidelines.

Persons in Canada are responsible for complying with the relevant laws, including regulations, guidelines and standards applicable to the import, transport, and use of pathogens in Canada set by relevant regulatory authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Transport Canada. The risk classification and related regulatory requirements referenced in these Pathogen Safety Data Sheets, such as those found in the Canadian Biosafety Standard, may be incomplete and are specific to the Canadian context. Other jurisdictions will have their own requirements.

Terms of use

The scientific information, opinions, and recommendations contained in these Pathogen Safety Data Sheets has been developed based on or compiled from trusted sources available at the time of publication. Newly discovered hazards are frequent and this information may not be completely up to date. The Government of Canada accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, sufficiency, or reliability or for any loss or injury resulting from the use of the information.

Need a more up-to-date PSDS?

PHAC routinely reviews and updates the PSDSs posted on the website; however, the PSDSs found on the PHAC website are the most current versions. If you require a more recent version of the PSDS, we recommend that you make the necessary updates, using the PSDS Template as a guide.

Can't find the PSDS you need?

PHAC produces PSDSs as a courtesy service to provide health and safety information about pathogens for those working with them in laboratories. The PSDSs currently listed are some of the most in demand; however, PHAC does routinely review this list to determine whether additional PSDSs should be added. If you need a PSDS that is not on the list, you should contact the supplier of the material, or you can develop a PSDS using the PSDS Template.

Pathogen Safety Data Sheet template

If you need a PSDS that is not on the list below, you can contact the supplier of the material, or create your own. Use the Editable Word template to create a PSDS that complies with Canadian standards. The Editable Word template allows you to use your own referencing software.

Get the PSDS App

The PSDS App is available as a free download for your devices in the Android, Amazon, Apple, and Windows stores.

If you notice an error in a PSDS

We welcome any feedback on our PSDSs. If you notice an error, missing information, or room for improvement, please let us know by sending an email to the Centre for Biosecurity:

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