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Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA)

The Pakistan Biological Safety Association is a non-profit, non-governmental professional organization dedicated to the provision of comprehensive knowledge related to biosafety issues in Pakistan. The society is working under Dr. Aamer Ikram President PBSA. PBSA has more than 450 life members, 800 trained biosafety professionals, more than 300 affiliated institutes nationally and internationally. We have successfully organized more than 100 Workshops all over the country since 2008. The basic concept behind the idea is to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the initial and growing needs of biosafety in Pakistan where it is still in its infancy. In view of the above needs, Pakistan Biological Safety Association was announced on March 29, 2008 by Dr. Anwar Nasim who played a pivotal role in laying the foundation of this organization from scratch.

PBSA is a national treasure for those serving on the front-lines against infectious diseases in Pakistan. With access to multiple human resources – they house the capacity to serve research and clinical laboratorians – along with nurses and doctors who battle against emerging infectious diseases. PBSA’s leadership and commitment to a safer Pakistan along with the mission of service to those fighting infectious disease threats is commendable. Each and every one of its members and employees represent the spirit of the organization; driven, committed, and acutely aware of how PBSA's potential is to grow.

First mainly active in Karachi and the Sindh province, PBSA now tends to cover the whole country through a network of regional chapters, and is now working on its organizational and strategic model in order to become more autonomous and sustainable. PBSA has joined with a number of national and international partners as well, including the IFBA, National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, International Council for the Life Sciences, XIBIOS (Belgium), and ASM. PBSA stands as an excellent example of professional organizations’ ability to prioritize a culture of biosafety, biosecurity, and responsible conduct, and its engagement with the concept can be used as a model for other professional organizations, state initiatives, and international partnerships to replicate.

Please visit the PBSA website at http://pbsa.org.pk/ for further details about the organization, organogram, PBSA membership information, past and future activities.

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Emergency response for managing unconscious individual in a BSL 3 
laboratoryduring a wet workshop



Dr. Aamer Ikram, Tim Trevan and Dr. Philippe Stroot during bioawareness workshop



Furqan Kabir and Dr. Akbar Ali facilitating donning and doffing of personal protective
equipment (PPE) at BSL 2 Level



Tim Trevan leading ISO workshop in Lahore


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