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

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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.