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ABSA Affiliate and Partner Benefits

  • Affiliate Listed on the ABSA website
  • Affiliate events and news on the ABSA website
  • Networking with other Affiliate organizations
    • Affiliate Listserv
    • Link to ABSA and other Affiliates through the Annual Affiliate meeting
  • Affiliate workshops and webinars
    • Automatic approval for Credentialing Maintenance (CM) points for affiliate workshops and webinars for RBP and CBSP maintenance
  • Access to ABSA members in the Affiliates region

ABSA Partner

European Biological Safety Association (EBSA)

European Biosafety Association During the 2014 ABSA conference in San Diego, CA the ABSA-EBSA (European Biological Safety Association) Partnership Agreement was signed. This partnership will help ABSA and EBSA coordinate positions regarding biosafety and biorisk management. It will also allow RBP and CBSP credentialed professionals attending EBSA events to obtain CM points without additional evaluation, making it easier to obtain their continuing education points.

ABSA International Affiliate Guide(PDF 2.42MB) Affiliates Listserv: If you are an ABSA Affiliate member and would like to join the Affiliates Listserv please email [email protected] Presentations from the ABSA Affiliate and Biosafety Association Workshop (Oct. 24, 2013, Kansas City): The Benefits, Establishment, and Maintenance of a Biosafety Association(PDF 2.42MB) – Edward J. Stygar, III, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, ABSA InternationalABSA Technology Solutions for Biosafety Associations(PDF 1.1MB) Presentations from the African Biological Safety Association 2nd Annual Conference (March 7-11, 2011, Accra, Ghana): The Benefits, Establishment, and Maintenance of a Biosafety Association(PDF 2.26MB) – Edward J. Stygar, III, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, ABSA International Presentations from the ABSA Affiliate and Biosafety Association Workshop (Oct. 7, 2010, Denver):

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Any member(s) of ABSA International (ABSA) who desires to establish a link between ABSA and a local association with which that member is associated may petition to establish that organization as an ABSA affiliate or international affiliate. Procedures for this petitioning process are below:

DEFINITIONS

Affiliate: An independent, North American based, organization with goals and principles similar to those of ABSA. Membership in ABSA is not required for membership in an affiliate. There are no links to ABSA in terms of the Affiliate’s charter and management.

International Affiliate: An independent, international organization with goals and principles similar to those of ABSA. Membership in ABSA is not required for membership in an international affiliate. There are no links to ABSA in terms of the Affiliate’s charter and management.

CRITERIA

  1. Affiliate:
    1. A petition for affiliate status signed by a minimum of 10 members from the petitioning organization, of which five shall be current ABSA members in good standing must be submitted to the ABSA Council.
    2. A petitioning organization has its own Constitution and By-Laws. ABSA Council has the right to request these documents be submitted to ABSA for review to ensure that they do not conflict with the ABSA By-Laws.
    3. A petitioning organization must have a minimum of ten members of ABSA among its membership. Member status in ABSA is not required for the remainder of the petitioning organization’s membership.
    4. The President of the petitioning organization must be a member of ABSA.
    5. Dues paid to the petitioning organization and any other financial matters are not the responsibility of ABSA nor are they regulated by ABSA.
    6. The petitioning organization is not accountable to ABSA for any decisions made by that organization provided that they are not in conflict with the ABSA By-Laws.
    7. Once accepted for Affiliate status, ABSA may request information about affiliate correspondences (e.g., affiliate council meeting and general meeting minutes), publications and activities.
    8. Affiliates do not fall under ABSA’s group exemption with the IRS and should apply for “not-for-profit” status on their own.
    9. Disputes within the local Affiliate would be the responsibility of the Affiliate to resolve.
    10. ABSA Council reserves the right to remove Affiliate status after an appropriate hearing.
  1. International Affiliate:
    1. A petition for international affiliate status signed by a minimum of ten members from the petitioning organization, of which one shall be a current ABSA members in good standing must be submitted to the ABSA Council.
    2. A petitioning organization has its own Constitution and By-Laws. ABSA Council has the right to request these documents be submitted to ABSA for review to ensure that they do not conflict with the ABSA By-Laws.
    3. An International Affiliate shall have at least one member that is also a member of ABSA. Member status in ABSA is not required for the remainder of the petitioning organization’s membership.
    4. Dues paid to the petitioning organization and any other financial matters are not the responsibility of ABSA nor are they regulated by ABSA.
    5. The petitioning organization is not accountable to ABSA for any decisions made by that organization provided that they are not in conflict with the ABSA By-Laws.
    6. Once accepted for International Affiliate status, ABSA may request information about international affiliate correspondences (e.g., governing body meeting and general meeting minutes), publications, activities and membership listings.
    7. Disputes within the International Affiliate shall be the responsibility of the International Affiliate to resolve. h. ABSA Council reserves the right to remove International Affiliate status after an appropriate hearing.

PROCEDURE FOR PETITIONING

  1. Petitioning to the National ABSA organization for “Affiliate” status:
    1. An organization that meets the criteria for “Affiliate” status may contact the ABSA Office and request a review of the petitioning organizations credentials.
    2. The petitioning organization must submit the following: 1) Petition for admittance to ABSA organization as an “Affiliate” signed by a minimum of ten members, of which five are current ABSA members; 2) Membership Directory; 3) Constitution and By-Laws that includes the local organizations Council, make-up and any other local rules (as requested by the ABSA Council); 4) Meeting schedule.
  2. Petitioning to the ABSA organization for “International Affiliate” status:
    1. An organization that meets the criteria for “International Affiliate” status may contact the ABSA Office and request a review of the petitioning organizations credentials.
    2. The petitioning organization must submit the following: 1) Petition for admittance to ABSA organization as an “International Affiliate” signed by a minimum of ten members, of which one is a current ABSA member in good standing; 2) Membership Directory; 3) Constitution and By-Laws that includes the organizations governing body , make-up and any other local rules (as requested by the ABSA Council); 4) Meeting schedule.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. ABSA Affiliate Relations Committee Members:
    1. Establishing criteria for organizations desiring to petition ABSA for “Affiliate” or “International Affiliate” status.
    2. Responding to inquiries from organizations petitioning the ABSA for status as an “Affiliate” or “International Affiliate”.
    3. Reviewing submissions from organizations petitioning ABSA for status as an “Affiliate” or “International Affiliate” for completeness.
    4. Coordinating the review process on behalf of the ABSA Council.
    5. Compiling comments from the Committee Members, preparing the comments in an orderly and cohesive fashion and submitting the compiled comments to the President of ABSA for ABSA Council review
    6. Maintaining a file of Committee actions in order to prepare a summary report to the ABSA Council.
    7. Submitting a summary report of Committee actions to the President for review by the Executive Council and a copy to the ABSA Office.
  2. ABSA Council:
    1. Setting policy regarding the criteria for organizations petitioning for status as either an “Affiliate” or “International Affiliate”.
    2. Reviewing the application of a petitioning organization.
    3. Approving or disapproving the petitioning organization’s request.
    4. Providing the Committee with any inquiries or petitions that have been submitted for review and approval.
  3. ABSA Membership
    1. Ensuring that all dues to ABSA are current and the ABSA members in a petitioning organization are in good standing with ABSA.
  4. President:
    1. Reviewing any report submitted to him or her by the Chair of Affiliate Relations Committee and bringing it to the ABSA Council to determine the appropriateness of the review/comments.
    2. Preparing a cover letter on official ABSA letterhead and, once approved and any changes have been made, sending the approval or disapproval letter to the appropriate individual or organization.
    3. Reviewing the report on the Committee’s activities which is to be submitted to the President and the Executive Committee and responding to the Chair of the Committee regarding any concerns or issues that the ABSA Council might have or other feedback, as deemed necessary (both positive and negative)
    4. The President has the final approval as to the appropriateness of any review and the content of any correspondence that is issued by ABSA.
  5. ABSA Council:
    1. Responding with feedback to the Chair regarding the report of Committee actions
    2. Submitting any requests for petitions as either an “Affiliate” or “International Affiliate which have been forwarded to them or which they may desire to be reviewed.
  6. ABSA Office:
    1. Maintaining records on behalf of ABSA and the Council
    2. Facilitating communications with the ABSA Council and ABSA membership
    3. Maintaining files (correspondence, membership lists, by laws, etc) on each “Affiliate” and “International Affiliate” for the ABSA Council and the Affiliate Relations Committee.

Affiliate News

Biosafety and Biosecurity Internship – Central Asia and Caucasus - January 11, 2017

Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC) is offering an internship for undergraduate or graduate students interested in gaining practical experience in public health, biosecurity and biosafety, international security, public policy, public administration as well as in conducting their own research project in the region. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support both organizational and individual development. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the region and its public health issues, expand your research capabilities, network, and provide regional experts with your support.

Duties:

  • Assist President, Executive Committee, and Executive Secretary of the association in the planning and implementation of projects to promote knowledge and increase of potential in field of biosafety and biosecurity among professional groups and population of countries of Central Asia and Caucasus.
  • Prepare a digest of epidemiological situation in the region for BACAC members.
  • Regularly update the BACAC website.
  • Provide organizational support to BACAC events in the region.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts.
  • Engage in additional tasks as needed.
  • An intern may also develop, research, write, and publish a report on a topic developed according to the needs of the organization, the intern’s own interests, and academic requirements for credit.

Eligibility and required skills:

  • Must have a proven interest in public health, biosecurity and biosafety, international security, public policy, and public administration.
  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing or a graduate student.
  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent if from a non-US institution.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural and multigenerational environment.
  • Good knowledge of English language. A candidate must be able to correspond with BACAC members and its partners in English and prepare documentation in English.
  • Knowledge of one of the regional languages is preferable but not a must.

Time Commitment: Minimum two months; full-time (30+ hours/week); hours to be determined with intern, academic institution and sponsoring organization.

Location per intern’s choice and availability: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Bishkek and Osh (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Kabul (Afghanistan), Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), Yerevan (Armenia), and Ulan Bator (Mongolia).

About BACAC: Founded in 2008 by experts in the region, with a support of Canada’s Global Partnership Program and the International Science and Technology Center, the BACAC promotes biosecurity and biosafety in the region and provide a forum for sharing of best practices. The newly formed professional association draws its members from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

  • The BACAC establishes and communicates best biosafety and biosecurity practices amongst its members and encourages dialogue and discussions on developing issues.
  • BACAC influences and supports emerging legislation and standards, with the objective of ensuring the prevention of harm to man or the environment from biological substances or materials.
  • BACAC represents and defends the collective interests of its members in all areas relating to biosafety and biosecurity.

Compensation: This internship is unpaid. Academic credit is available. Please work out academic credit details with your academic institution.

To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter (including dates and times of availability), short writing sample (1-3 pages), and list of three references and their contact information by e-mail to Ms. Marina Abrams, Executive Secretary, [email protected]. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


Affiliate Events

ABSA Affiliates

Affiliates

Association of Biosafety for Australia and New ZealandAfrican Biological Safety AssociationAsociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad A.C.Associação Nacional de BiossegurançaAsian Pacific Biological Safety AssociationArizona Biosafety AllianceThe Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)The Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)The Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)The Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)The Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)Biological Safety Information NetworkBiorisk Association of SingaporeCarolinas Biological Safety AssociationCanadian Association for Biological Safety / Association canadienne pour la sécurité biologiqueChesapeake Area Biological Safety AssociationEuropean Biological Safety AssociationFront Range Biological Safety AssociationGeorgian Biosafety AssociationIsraeli Biological Safety AssociationMidwest Area Biosafety AssociationMid Atlantic Biological Safety AssociationNortheast Biological Safety AssociationNortheast Biological Safety AssociationNortheast Biological Safety AssociationPakistan Biosafety AssociationSouthern Biosafety AssociationSEBSATaiwanese Biological Safety AssociationUniversity of California Biological Safety Officers' Working Group

(Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia)

Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)

Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC)

Contact: Prof. Farida Tishkova

(LaJolla, San Diego, Anaheim Hills, Pasadena, Irvine, and Los Angelos, California)

Biological Safety Information Network (BioNET)

Biological Safety Information Network (BioNET)

Contact: Laurence Cagnon

(North Carolina & South Carolina)

Carolinas Biological Safety Association (CaBSA)

Carolinas Biological Safety Association (CaBSA)

Contact: Debra Howard

(Israel)

Israeli Biological Safety Association (IBSA)

Israeli Biological Safety Association (IBSA)

Contact: Eitan Israeli

(IA, IN, IL, KS, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI)

Midwest Area Biosafety Association (MABioN)

Midwest Area Biosafety Association (MABioN)

Contact: Matthew Anderson

(RI, CT, S NY, Long Island, NJ, PA, DE MD)

Mid Atlantic Biological Safety Association (MABSA)

Mid Atlantic Biological Safety Association (MABSA)

Contact: Amy Ryan

(Taiwan)

Taiwanese Biological Safety Association (TBSA)

Contact: Christine Chang

ABSA Alliances

AALAS – The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is the premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals. They are dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals and the quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals.
ABSA Liaison: Jeff Owens

AIHA – American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 11, 800 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. The association works in conjunction with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene to promote certification of industrial hygienists.
ABSA Liaison: Phil Hauck

CDC – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

CSHEMA – Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) provides information sharing opportunities, continuing education, and professional fellowship to people with environmental health and safety responsibilities in the education and research communities.
ABSA Liaison: Patricia Olinger

DOS
ABSA Liaison: Ren Salerno

Emory University
ABSA Liaison: Patricia Olinger

E. R. Griffin Foundation (an ABSA Principal Partner) – The Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the support of professional scientific and educational organizations that endeavor toward the common good of humankind. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting research that aims at the solution of human health and societal problems and supporting worker safety training in dealing with non-human primates and other animal subjects.
ABSA Liaison: Elizabeth Gilman Duane

SNL IBTR – Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is a multidisciplinary technical organization that conducts science and engineering research and development in support of US national security and serves as a technical advisor to the US Government. SNL’s International Biological Threat Reduction (IBTR) program works domestically and internationally to prevent and mitigate biological risks caused by highly infectious disease agents. It is committed to advancing laboratory biosafety and biosecurity internationally.
ABSA Liaison: Jennifer Gaudioso

U.S. Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program sponsored Biosafety and Biosecurity Workshop in Indonesia with ABSA and Sandia instructors, June 2006

U.S. Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program sponsored Biosafety and Biosecurity Workshop in Indonesia with ABSA and Sandia instructors, June 2006

Bioscience is a rapidly growing field in the United States and around the world, yet the biosafety profession is in its infancy in many regions of the globe. Recent laboratory-acquired infections of SARS, Ebola, and tularemia among others have underscored the importance of laboratory biosafety, just as the anthrax letters have highlighted the need for prudent laboratory biosecurity measures. ABSA and SNL IBTR have developed an alliance to leverage expertise and resources to foster the advancement of laboratory biosafety and biosecurity internationally through awareness-raising, training and technical assistance.

Sandia - ABSA TTT Biosafety Workshop for Iraqi Scientists in Jordan, February 2006

Sandia – ABSA TTT Biosafety Workshop for Iraqi Scientists in Jordan, February 2006

The primary goal of the ABSA alliance with SNL IBTR is to promote the development of the biosafety profession globally and to ensure the safe and secure use of pathogens and toxins through:

  • Training activities
  • Technical consultations at institutions which are national and/or regional leaders in infectious disease diagnostics and research
  • Efforts to increase ABSA’s international membership and international participation at the annual conference
  • Encouraging the development of local biosafety associations and possible ABSA affiliates

Efforts under this alliance will be closely coordinated as appropriate with the relevant ABSA committees, including Philanthropic Activities, Affiliate Relations, Membership, and the Professional Development Team.

If you are interested in becoming involved in activities under this alliance, please contact Jennifer Gaudioso at: [email protected].

UN – The United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport Of Dangerous Goods develops “model regulations” that each country and regulators for each mode of transport uses to develop consistency in the global transport of dangerous goods. ABSA serves as an Observer on this Sub-Committee ands is able to provide technical input on issues related to the shipment of biohazardous and potentially biohazardous materials.
ABSA Liaison: Mary Cipriano
The United Nations in the Heart of EuropeThe UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods develops “model regulations” that each country and regulators for each mode of transport uses to develop consistency in the global transport of dangerous goods. The Sub-Committee is made up of delegations of “Experts” from 30 different countries such as, the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, France, etc., who vote on the issues before the group. There are a number of other groups who serve as Advisors and Observers to the Experts. These include 15 International organizations such as WHO, Universal Postal Union, and ICAO; 21 other countries, like Switzerland, Ireland and Greece; and, 44 other organizations such as ABSA, EBSA, IATA, IFALPA (International Pilots), DGAC, Compressed Gas Association, World Nuclear Transport Institute, International Union of Railways, ISO, WTCC, etc. .The Sub-Committee meets 2 times per year for a week, and then updates the model regulations every other year. So there are essentially 4 meetings per biennium that lead to the formation and/or revision of the model regulations.

Mary Cipriano currently serves as ABSA’s representative on the UN Sub-Committee. ABSA has a Working Group on Transport issues that Mary consults with when UN or other transport issues arise. If you are interested in participating in that group or have other questions on ABSA’s involvement, please contact Mary at: [email protected]

The 15th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations can be found at: http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/unrec/rev15/15files_e.html

Infectious substances are included in Division 6.2 under Class 6, Toxic and Infectious Substances. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) “that can alter animals, plants or microbiological substances in a way not normally the result of natural reproduction” fall into Class 9, Miscellaneous Dangerous Substances and Articles.

UN numbers are assigned to each dangerous material and is generally required that the number is used on all packages. The significant ones from the biohazard standpoint are:

  • UN 2814 – Infectious substances affecting humans
  • UN 2900 – Infectious substances affecting animals
  • UN 3291 – Medical or clinical wastes
  • UN 3245 – GMOs that can alter organisms
  • UN 3373 -Biological substance, Category B (formerly called Diagnostic or clinical specimens)

In addition, the Model Regulations include specific packing instructions for dangerous goods. These are:

  • P620* – Infectious substances 2814 and 2900
  • P621 – Medical wastes 3291
  • P650 – Clinical specimens/Biological substances, Category B 3373
  • P904 – GMOs that alter organisms 3245

*No, this isn’t a typographical error. UN packing instruction for infectious substances is 620 and IATA’s is 602!

Transportation Issues References:

UN Subcommittee Site which gives the summary of the meetings and the papers that will be in consideration at the next session:
http://www.unece.org/trans/main/dgdb/dgsubc/c3age.html

Canada, Transport Canada – Transport of Dangerous Goods:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/tdg/menu.htm

EU, European Commission, Transport (need to look in specific sectors) :
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/index_en

IATA, International Air Transport Association
http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/dangerous_goods

ICAO, International Civil Aeronautics Organization
http://www.icao.int/safety/DangerousGoods/Pages/technical-instructions.aspx

US DOT- PHSMA The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHM):
http://phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat

UK HSE – Carriage of Dangerous Goods
http://www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/index.htm

USDA – U. S. Department of Agriculture leads national programs related to food, agriculture, and natural resource management. The USDA is a research leader in everything from human nutrition to new crop technologies that allow us to grow more food and fiber using less water and pesticides. The USDA is responsible for the safety of meat, poultry and egg products, and helps ensure open markets for U.S. agricultural products. The USDA brings housing, modern telecommunications, and safe drinking water to rural America. It also leads the Federal anti-hunger effort with the Food Stamp, School Lunch, School Breakfast and WIC Programs in addition to providing food aid for needy people overseas.
ABSA Liaison: Robert Heckert

Azerbaijan Biological Safety Association (ABTA)

Biosafety and Biosurety Network of Thailand (BSNT)

European Biosafety Association (EBSA)

International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA)

International Society for Biosafety Research

International Veterinary Biosafety Workgroup (IVBW)

Japanese Biological Safety Association (JBSA)
Contact: Kazuyoshi Sugiyama

Korean Biological Safety Association (KOBSA)

Pharmaceutical Biosafety Group