International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA)
  • IFBA Participates in Operation S³OMMET

    To better support member countries in ensuring the safety and security of biological materials and emerging technologies, INTERPOL created Operation S3OMMET (The Safe, Secure, Surveillance of Microbiological Material and Emerging Technologies). Raising awareness among law enforcement, public health officials, biosafety professionals and academia in regions where it is most needed is a key goal of the project. Operation S3OMMET constitutes the cornerstone of collaboration between the INTERPOL CBRNE Sub-Directorate, the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) and CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance).

    To date, a series of Operation S3OMMET workshops have been held in a number of regions including:

    - January 12-16, 2014 in Amman, Jordan

    - March 10-14, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    - June 23-27, 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia


  • IFBA Joins Stop TB Partnership Global Laboratory Initiative

    The IFBA is pleased to officially join the Stop TB Partnership, a proactive force in global TB control. Established in 2001, and housed by the World Health Organization, the Partnership is a network of organizations working together to realize the common vision of a world free of TB. The IFBA is collaborating with the Global Laboratory Initiative and supporting the implementation of the Global Plan to Stop TB in the areas of biosafety advocacy, sustainable risk-based approaches to biocontainment laboratory infrastructure, biosafety training and capacity building. The IFBA’s Biocontainment Engineering Working Group has worked closely with the Global Laboratory Initiative of the Partnership in the development of a ventilated workstation for AFB Microscopy that is cost-effective and locally sustainable.                                Click here for a copy of the Stop TB Global Laboratory Initiative factsheet.

        Click here for a copy of the WHO Tuberculosis Laboratory Biosafety Manual.

  • Biosafety & Global Public Health

    Laboratory biosafety incidents or misuse of infectious agents can lead to infectious disease outbreaks with devastating health and socio-economic impacts. Professional biosafety and biosecurity practices help prevent these incidents, while strengthening laboratory services and supporting public health systems in the global fight against infectious diseases.
    Rigorous biosafety and biosecurity standards ensure the development of laboratory systems that better control access to and use of dangerous biological pathogens and better protect human, animal and environmental health globally.

    The implementation of proactive biosafety policies and programs by governments and organizations committed to public health leads to better infectious disease research, surveillance and diagnosis and more effective global disease prevention and treatment initiatives such as AIDS-Free Generation and the STOP TB Global Laboratory Initiative.

    Download the Biosafety & Global Public Health Flyer here.  For further details on the how Biosafety Associations contribute to Strengthening Global Public Health & Security click here.

  • Stephen Lewis, AIDS-Free World Advocates for Increased Investments in Biosafety

    Stephen Lewis, Co-Director AIDS-Free World, delivered the keynote address at IFBA’s International Conference and reminded delegates of the vital value of the work that is done in laboratories worldwide. He stressed the centrality of biosafety to global public health and called for increased attention and resources to be paid to this indispensable issue. Including the targets and objectives of biosafety into the agenda for an AIDS-free generation, the agendas of the World Health Assembly, UN Security Council, G8, G20, and post-2015 Millennium Development Goals should be vigorously pursued. Mr. Lewis concluded his address by acknowledging the important breakthrough that can be attained when it is unmistakably understood that HIV and the major diseases of the world cannot be handled without adequate biosafety and biosecurity measures in place.

    Watch a clip from his keynote address on IFBA’s YouTube Channel here.

    For more information on AIDS-Free World click here. 
  • Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (BTWC) Implementation Support Unit (ISU) Joins the IFBA

    The IFBA is pleased to welcome the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (BTWC) Implementation Support Unit (ISU) to our family of observer organizations. The ISU is funded by the States Parties to the Convention and provides administrative support to meetings of the Convention and support to States Parties in implementing their obligations under the BTWC. We welcome the development of this constructive relationship with the ISU and look forward to working together to realize our common goals of biological safety and security.

    The BTWC-ISU provided time for NGOs, including the IFBA, to deliver a short statement at the 7th Review Conference held in Geneva in early December 2011.  Looking to the future, the IFBA used this occasion to recognize the unique opportunity that we have in strengthening our engagement and collaboration with BWC stakeholders as an important partner in achieving our complementary goals across the world. Our task is to help ensure that all states have the biosafety, biosecurity and biological non-proliferation knowledge and tools they require. Collaboration with international, regional and national biosafety associations provides a direct channel with those who actually run the facilities that conduct biological research. Through this partnership, our community, which includes countries which are not active participants in the BWC, is an invaluable resource for work related to the convention.

    Click here for the IFBA Statement to the 7th Review Conference of the BTWC.