A Guide to Training and Information Resources on the Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences

If you are interested in finding out more about the culture of biosafety, biosecurity, and responsible conduct, this guide is for you. A U.S. interagency Working Group was established in 2015 to implement the recommendation of the Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel to "create and strengthen a culture that emphasizes biosafety, laboratory biosecurity, and responsible conduct in the life sciences... characterized by individual and institutional compliance with biosafety and laboratory biosecurity regulations, guidelines, standards, policies and procedures, and enhanced by effective training in biorisk management". This group morphed into an International Working Group, a Community of Practice comprised of representatives of governments, academia, industry, professional and international organizations from across the globe. We are using crowdsourcing to develop educational materials and promote learning.

While not intended as a comprehensive resource, this guide provides information about training and educational resources related to the culture of biosafety, biosecurity, and responsible conduct in the life sciences. The guide highlights courses and repositories of training/educational resources, including professional certification and competencies on biosafety/biosecurity; select conferences or events where the culture of biosafety and biosecurity was addressed; resources on dual use research of concern, ethics, and codes of conduct; and relevant publications. Certain educational or informational resources from IAEA and OPCW are also mentioned. Each section draws from information provided or noted by the members of our Community of Practice.

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