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Who We Are

ABSA International (ABSA) was founded in 1984 to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of biosafety professionals throughout the world. Its goals are to provide a professional association that represents the interests and needs of practitioners of biological safety, and to provide a forum for the continued and timely exchange of biosafety information.

ABSA International accomplishes these goals by:

  • publishing and distributing a quarterly journal, Applied Biosafety and a number of other biosafety publications,
  • conducting an annual Biological Safety Conference to keep members informed of current biosafety issues and regulatory initiatives. The conference is preceded by a selection of biosafety courses geared at the beginner and advanced levels,
  • producing an annual membership directory to stimulate networking.

Core Purpose

ABSA International is dedicated to promoting and expanding biological safety expertise.

Core Organizational Values

  • Leadership for the profession
  • Collaboration and community
  • Promotion of biosafety as a scientific discipline
  • Absolute integrity
  • High standards of excellence

Ethics Statement

Members of ABSA International (ABSA) are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner as they practice their profession. ABSA members should:

  • Maintain personal integrity and act responsibly to uphold the integrity of the profession.
  • Avoid situations, and actively work to prevent occurrences presenting a conflict of interest or that will compromise professional judgement.
  • Provide biological safety services only in areas of competence.
  • Follow recognized biological safety guidelines and standards as set forth by established professional groups or local, state and federal governmental agencies, centers, or institutes, in performing work in biological safety.
  • Provide information regarding potential risks to employee or environmental health and precautions needed to avoid adverse effects.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding services provided.
ABSA International offers a registration (Registered Biosafety Professional) and certification (Certified Biological Safety Professional) program to recognize biological safety professionals. Registration is by application and approval by an examining Board. Certification includes a biological safety exam developed by ABSA International and administered by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists [NRCM].
More About Credentials
Affiliates of ABSA International have been formed in various locations throughout the world to stimulate ongoing training and networking opportunities at local and regional levels. ABSA International is an international association representing biosafety professionals in over 20 countries. International affiliates have been formed in Canada, Japan, Brazil and other countries.
More About Affiliates/Partners/Alliances

ABSA International (ABSA) was founded in 1984 to promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of biosafety professionals throughout the world. However, the discipline of biosafety has a much longer past. For a fascinating look at the history (and pre-history) of ABSA, please refer to these articles from JABSA (Journal of ABSA International):

Songer Bibliography (MS Access Database 14.5MB)

ABSA special collection at the National Agricultural Library (NAL)

This collection contains conference, administrative, and publication records for ABSA International. Materials include photographs of conference attendees (with captions), conference publications, membership directories, ABSA newsletters, ABSA governing laws, digital copies of “Safety Bulletin,” and administrative files for ABSA regarding conference planning, annual meetings, membership, meeting minutes, newsletters, and the Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture materials.


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  • Government Agency
  • University Group
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By being an ABSA member, I don’t feel “alone” in biosafety.  Whether it’s through my ties to the PPB instructor group or through the connection to the broader biosafety community that ABSA encompasses, I know that I can always get help on just about any biosafety issue with just a call, email, or text message. -ABSA member

Being an ABSA member has enabled me to have collaborative input into initiatives (such as the ANSI standard on BSL-3 ventilation performance verification) that have significant impacts on biorisk management. -ABSA member