Dec. 1: Safety Standards on Human Pathogens and Toxins to Take Effect


Federal Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations will take effect on Dec. 1, 2015, along with the remaining section of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. The new regulations:

  • Establish national licensing and security clearance requirements
  • Enable the federal government to harmonize the requirements for all domestic use of human pathogens and toxins
  • Establish national requirements for the safe and secure handling of human pathogens and toxins that apply to all facilities conducting controlled activities with these agents
  • Require appropriate containment in all facilities working with human pathogens and toxins, as per the Canadian Biosafety Standard.