IRTA-CReSA at the Congress of the Spanish Biosafety Association (AEBioS).

The next 17 and 18 October the 3rd congress of the Spanish Association of Biosafety (AEBioS) will take place in Bilbao. In an amazing location: the Bizkaia Aretoa building on the banks of the ría and with views to the nearby Guggenheim Museum. Attendees, professionals in the field of biosafety, biocontainment and biosecurity from either government facilities such as universities, research centers, hospitals and private companies will discuss experiences and exchange knowledge for one day and a half with a dense calendar of interesting presentations and some hot topics. For more information, visit the link www.aebios2016.info.

Thus, among other issues, the life cycle of high biosafety facility unit will be discussed, from its origin or design in the hands of architects, through its construction, its commissioning, its use by actual users, its demanding maintenance (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) by specialised teams, and about biosecurity protocols to be adopted.

A few of the congress speakers.

Another session will be based on an alleged biological accident and how its different aspects are handled. How areas are decontaminated; how resulting wastes are rendered non-infectious; how non-affected people is evacuated from the facility; how an infected person is safely moved to a hospital; and finally how samples, infectious material, of the accident are issued, safely and securely, between facilities.

Another ambitious session, will review the biosafety from different facets or systems or experimental areas. Biosafety at hospital and health-care centers will be discussed, regarding people infected with highly dangerous communicable pathogens. Also, biosafety in aquaculture; plant biosafety and finally biosafety when dealing with arthropods. All subjects will consist in short talks with the aim to spare a few final minutes for some confrontation of ideas and discussion among attendees.

Bearing in mind the latest Crimea Congo alert, the relationship between biosafety and emerging and re-emerging diseases will also be discussed. A presentation about the mistakes made in the past when dealing with the Ebola episode in Spain. A second talk on the current challenges of high transmissibility diseases and a third one on the appropriate crisis communication during…a crisis.

And finally the last session will focus on training in biosafety, a key issue to allow proper application of it by experts with "equivalent" knowledge. So the implementation of the UNE-CWA 16335:2014 will be discussed; biosafety training and culture in an university campus; international accreditation of biosafety professionals, and finally 3.0 training, distance learning or e-learning in this field.

 

 

With this congress, Xavier Abad, BSL2/BSL3 Laboratory Manager / Biosafety Officer of IRTA-CReSA, ends his time as President of the Association. The conference will also feature two other IRTA  representatives; David Solanes will give a presentation on the management of zoonotic pathogens infected vectors in the CReSA biocontainment conditions and Ricard Carbó, from Sant Carles de la Ràpita, who will explain the design, construction and operation of an experimental fish unit to safely perform experimental infections with nodavirus.

In addition, for the first time in Spain and sponsored by AEBioS, a certification exam in General Biorisk Management accredited by IFBA will be made, in Spanish, in an adjoining room during the congress.

An intense congress that will strengthen the spirit of the association and its members regarding the improvement of biosafety, biocontainment and biosecurity in Spain and Catalonia. In such scenario, the technical team of IRTA and CReSA, has much to contribute and explain.

To contact with IRTA-CReSA biosafety officer:

Dr. Francesc Xavier Abad Morejón de Girón
Email: xavier.abad@irta.cat
Phone: +34 93 467 40 40
Campus UAB, Edifici CReSA s/n,  08193  Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain

About IRTA:

IRTA is a research institute devoted to R+D+I in a variety of agri-food areas, such as vegetal production, animal production, food industries, environment and global change, and agri-food economy. The transfer of scientific advances contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, consequently, improving the welfare of the population. IRTA is assigned to the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació (DARP, Department of Agriculture) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

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