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Biosafety and Biosecurity Programme: Its Implementation, Requirements and Continuous Development at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
Korean J Clin Lab Sci 2018;50:77-84  
Published on June 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Tin Tun, Peter Rainer Preiser

School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. Nanyang 639798, Singapore
Correspondence to: Tin Tun
School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637551 Tel: 65-9753-5466 Fax:65-6791-3856 E-mail: tintun64@gmail.com
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Abstract
In Singapore, biosafety and biosecurity measures are controlled by the Biological Agents and Toxins Act (BATA) and other requirements by regulatory agencies. The law prohibits and otherwise regulates the possession, use, import, transhipment, transfer, and transportation of biological agents, inactivated biological agents, and toxins that are of public health concern. The law also defines the facility requirements for high risk biological agents and toxins. The containment facility (BSL 3) is a minimum requirement to handle biological agents that falls under Schedule 1 (Risk Group 3). The Nanyang Technological University School of Biological Sciences Biosafety Level 3 Facility (NTU-SBS BSL 3) was designed specifically for research involving potential hazardous biological materials. The facility requires yearly re-certification by an approved facility certifier to meet the local requirements and international biosafety standards for a containment facility in many instances. On the other hand, most NTU researchers conduct biological projects involving biological agents with low or moderate risk groups (Risk Groups 1 and 2 or biological agents described in schedule 3 and 4 of BATA) and GMOs, which need only a BSL 2 laboratory. BSL 2 laboratories are yet to be legally certified or registered in Singapore. Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) identifies the requirements; defines a minimum standard in the safe control of biological risks and registers all BSL 2 laboratories in the NTU. Therefore, under the guidance of the IBC, the University Biosafety and Biosecurity Programme includes the audit and certification program as a unique and an internal exercise to bring NTU biosafety to a higher level.
Keywords : Biological Agents and Toxins Act, Biosafety Level, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Risk groups

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