Biosafety is a priority in working with pathogenic and GM organisms. Although incidents can never be excluded entirely, an extensive set of regulations and measures has been developed to guarantee safety of laboratory workers and the environment.
After years of experience, it can be concluded that some (GM-) organisms and activities could be handled safely under less strict biosafety measures. On the other hand new scientific and technological developments pose new challenges to guaranty biosafety. And questions are raised by society, politics and policy makers on the safety of the new possibilities science offers.
These developments urge the scientific and biosafety society to discuss the challenges in evidence-based biosafety and how to handle them in an international context.
In view of these developments, BVF platform and COGEM have decided to jointly organize an international meeting to identify and evaluate challenges in evidence-based-biosafety. In this one-day meeting we will address the effectivity of containment measures, the extent of incidents and accidents in life-science research, and different (international) perspectives on biosafety. Furthermore, the meeting will provide a platform for a discussion about the need for change in the field of biosafety.
Date: 19th January 2017
Location: NH Hotel Amsterdam Barbizon Palace
Prins Hendrikkade, 59-72
1012 AD Amsterdam
Organizers: The Dutch Association of Biosafety Officers (BVF platform) and the Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM)