Laboratory Inspection and Certification

Research and teaching projects involving biohazards must be conducted within the level of containment prescribed for the "risk group" as established by Health Canada. Consult the Health Canada Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for an explanation of risk groups and/or contact Health Canada.

Prior to commissioning a biosafety laboratory, the researcher/instructor must demonstrate that the appropriate laboratory standards must have been met (containment level, security procedures for restricted access, personnel training, etc.). The laboratory must undergo an audit by the Biohazards Safety Committee prior to commissioning. Containment cabinets/hoods must be inspected and certified at commissioning by a competent person and annually thereafter.