Meetings and courses for biosafety officers (BSO)

The Curriculum Biosafety - An initiative of the FOEN, the FOPH, the SUVA and the SECB

Since 1999, the Ordinance on the Contained Use of Organisms (Containment Ordinance, ContainO) and the ordinance on occupational safety in biotechnology (SAMV) stipulate that any activity involving genetically modified or pathogenic organisms be supervised by a person responsible for all aspects of biological safety, the biosafety officer (BSO).

The tasks of a BSO can be difficult: He serves as information agent for all biosafety questions from colleagues or the management as well as from external authorities. The ideal BSO has therefore a higher professional education, if possible with a university degree, extensive laboratory experience, knowledge of all aspects of biosafety, negotiating skills and authority.

Representatives of the FOEN, FOPH, SUVA, FECB and ERFA BIO, in collaboration with professional BSO and private biosafety experts, have thus developed a Curriculum Biosafety to harmonize the biosafety standards within Switzerland on a high professional level. Under the supervision of these authorities, the study supervision (b-Safe GmbH) organizes every year a series of general training courses on biosafety, which are designed according to biosafety levels and all held by renowned biosafety experts. Due to great demand, the course of biosafety level 2 is held twice every two years. Additionally, there are supplemental courses of shorter duration focusing on topics particularly relevant for biosafety.

Additional information regarding contents and organization can be found on the website of the study supervision:

Dates and Places of courses at a glance (2019)

BSO biosafety level 1 (BSL1_2019):

Date: September 5, 2019 (1 day)
Place: University of Bern
Registration by latest until June 30, 2019 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 550.- / participant
Language: english

BSO biosafety level 2 (BSL2_2019a):

Date: March 27-29, 2019 (3 days)
Place: University of Bern
Registration by latest until January 31, 2019 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 1600.- / participant
Language: english

BSO biosafety level 2 (BSL2_2019b):

Date: September 11-13, 2019 (3 days)
Place: University of Bern
Registration by latest until June 30, 2019 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 1600.- / participant
Language: english

BSO biosafety level 3 (BSL3_2019):

Date: May 27-29 , 2019 (3 days)
Place: Mittelhäusern, Spiez
Registration by latest until March 31, 2019 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 2400.- / participant
Language: english
Course is limited to 8 participants!

Advanced subject-specific training: BioSafety Cabinet (Bench_2019):

Date: June 6, 2019 (1 day)
Place: Allschwil
Registration by latest until May 1, 2019 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 550.- / participant
Language: English
Course is limited to 8 participants!

Advanced subject-specific training: Risk assessment and management & Viral vectors (Risk_2019 & Vectors_2019):

Date: August 29, 2019 (1/2 day per module). The module "Risk assessment and management" will take place in the morning, the module "Viral vectors" in the afternoon. The modules can be visited either individually or in combination.
Place: Berne
Registration by July 15, 2019 at the latest at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 350.- per participant and module or CHF 550.- per participant if both modules are combined.
Language: English  

Dates and Places of courses at a glance (2020)

BSO biosafety level 1 (BSL1_2020):
Date: September 3, 2020 (1 day)
Place: University of Bern
Registration by latest until June 30, 2020 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 550.- / participant
Language: english

BSO biosafety level 2 (BSL2_2020a):

Date: March 25-27, 2020 (3 days)
Place: Bellinzona
Registration by latest until February 28, 2020 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 1600.- / participant
Language: english

BSO biosafety level 2 (BSL2_2020b):

Date: September 9-11, 2020 (3 days)
Place: Bern
Registration by latest until June 30, 2020 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 1600.- / participant
Language: english

BSO biosafety level 3 (BSL3_2020):

Date: May 18-20, 2020 (3 days)
Place: Mittelhäusern, Spiez
Registration by latest until March 31, 2020 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 2400.- / participant
Language: english
Course is limited to 8 participants!

Advanced subject-specific training: Biosecurity (Biosecurity_2020):

Date: August 20, 2020 (1/2 day)
Place: Bern
Registration by latest until July 15, 2020 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 350.- / participant
Language: English


Advanced subject-specific training: Autoclaves & Waste Disposal (Waste_2020):

Date: July 2, 2020 (1/2 day)
Place: University of Bern
Registration by latest until May 15, 2020 at: registration@curriculum-biosafety.ch
Costs: CHF 350.- / participant
Language: English  

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