Biosafety and biosecurity

Biosafety training, pathogen hazards, exposure reporting, licences and, regulating laboratories or containment zones.

Services and information

Pathogen Safety Data Sheets

Technical information on specific human pathogens, their hazardous properties and laboratory safety

Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines

Requirements for safe handling of human and animal pathogens and toxins in laboratories and containment zones.


Requirements for the security clearance program, including frequently asked questions, forms and links. 

Licence and permits for pathogens and toxins

Licences, animal pathogen import permits and applications for handling human and animal pathogens and toxins. 


Resources for regulated parties including e-learning courses on biosafety and biosecurity principles and practices.

Compliance and enforcement

Understanding compliance and enforcement of Canada’s pathogen and toxin acts and regulations.

Engagement opportunities

View engagement opportunities and contact information for the Centre for Biosecurity.

Notification and reporting

Reporting and notification requirements for licence holders and licenced biological safety officers.

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Sign up for email updates on biosafety and biosecurity in Canada.

Risk Groups and Risk Assessment

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

About biosafety and biosecurity

Learn more about the Centre for Biosecurity and our work.

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