The University of Saskatchewan’s Biosafety Program aims to ensure safe acquisition, use, storage, transportation, abandonment, transference, releasement, and/or disposal of biological and biohazardous material(s). This program outlines the administrative and operational oversite for individuals working with biological and/or biohazardous materials that must meet all legislative requirements as set forth in the University's Biosafety Code of Practice and supporting documentation.

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PHAC Biological Risk Group Assessment Tool

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released a new online tool for researchers to determine the risk group of biological materials, which is called ePATHogen database. This database contains a searchable list of nearly 10,000 pathogens with their associated human and animal risk group (RG) classifications, their associated containment level (CL) and other containment considerations, as well as toxins with their associated regulatory status.

This database can be used as a tool when determining the risk group of the biological material when conducting a local risk assessment or a biosafety permit amendment is required for the addition of a biological material. Consult with the Biosafety group for any assistance.

Refer to the following link for the PHAC ePATHogen database: