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Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course (BBTC)

Submitted by rileyta on March 29, 2022 - 10:07 AM


The Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course (BBTC) was founded in 2004, by Dr. Robert (Bob) Ellis. The ABSA BBTC Fort Collins partnership was initiated in 2020. Each year the sessions are updated, improved, and new topics are added. Recent additions include preparations for audits and inspections, BSL-2/BSL-3 buildings design and operations; clinical and public health lab biosafety; prion disease research biosafety; and field investigations biosafety. Participants will receive intensive and engaging training on most aspects of biosafety and biosecurity, including exercises, a tour, audit and inspection discussions, and Q&A discussions. All lunches and an off-site dinner on Tuesday will be provided.

The BBTC emphasizes the ethics and principles of biosafety. Worldwide, the BBTC is without equal in providing an overall basis for Animal, Plant, and General Biosafety and Biosecurity Program Management.

Please note: ABSA International BBTC is solely an ABSA International course and is not affiliated with other organizations or institutions.



Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

Animal Sessions

  • Describe the latest facility design for animal containment in large and small facilities
  • Explain biosafety in prion disease research
  • Summarize biosafety for field investigations

General Sessions

  • Understand and discuss the general principles of biosafety and biosecurity
  • Discuss biosafety management, select agent regulations, emergency response, risk assessment and management
  • Explore inspection and audit preparations, dual use research of concern, biosafety cabinet certification, insectary design and management, clinical and public health biosafety and biosecurity

Plant Sessions

  • Distinguish how crop security networks and plant diagnostic laboratories function
  • Discuss basic greenhouse design and management
  • Identify the principles for transgenic plant and infectious disease research containment and synthetic biology
  • Describe the USDA permit policies and procedures and plan a disease diagnostic lab network


This course is intended for those biosafety professionals in the middle to expert level of the profession. Disciplines represented include biosafety, biosecurity, laboratory designers, laboratory management, program managers, vivarium management, maintenance and engineering. Participants include individuals from universities, private industry, and government. ABSA Principles & Practices of Biosafety®  is a recommended prerequisite.

Content Source:

ABSA International

Event Date:

August 8 - 12, 2022, All day