Biosafety and Biosecurity in Pakistan. Yusuf Zafar Chief Scientist/ Director General Biosciences Division Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). FAISALABAD. MAJOR BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTERS. JAMSHORO. Pakistan. 170 Million Population 70% depend on Agriculture. Literacy Rate: 54%
Biosafety and Biosecurity in Pakistan
Chief Scientist/ Director GeneralBiosciences DivisionPakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
170 Million Population
70% depend on Agriculture
Literacy Rate: 54%
Biotech Institutes: 29
Scope of Guidelines
Commercial Release of Regulated Materials
i)Repeat the experiments made during laboratory work, and verify the results from tests performed at the laboratory level.
ii)Gather precise and accurate information/data on the stability, expression and hereditary transmission of trans genes under field conditions.
iii)Assess the viability (e.g. survival, propagation, competitive ability) of genetically manipulated organisms under field conditions.
iv)Assess the adaptive or evolutionary potential of genetically manipulated organisms under changing environmental conditions.
v)Asses the overall environmental impact.
1:Material not known to consistently cause disease in healthy adults.
2:Associated with human disease. Hazard is from percutaneous injury, ingestion, or mucous membrane exposure.
3:Indigenous or exotic agents with potential for aerosol transmission; disease may have serious or lethal consequences.
4:Dangerous/exotic agents which pose a high risk of life-threatening disease, aerosol-transmitted lab infections or related agents with unknown risk of transmission.
Recognizing the importance of Life Sciences the Higher Education Commission established the Core Group in Life Sciences with six different disciplines. These include
Life Sciences directoryhaving complete contact information of all life scientists in Pakistan has been published and distributed among the scientists.
National Commission on Biotechnology
Establishment: 30th November 2001
Tasks and Future Initiatives:
Pakistan National Policy and Action Plan 2003
National Commission on Biotechnology
International Biosafety working group recognized Pakistan Biological Safety Association
Dr. Terrence Taylor
President International Council for Life Sciences and Vice President of Global Health and Security in Washington DC
First International Seminar on Laboratory Biosafety Issues 21st March 2009
Asia conference on Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity
April 17-19, 2007
National Training Seminar on Bio-safety and Bio-security Initiatives
June 18-19, 2007,Islamabad
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visit of 3-Member Delegaton of US Bio-security Engagement Programme (BEP)
22nd June 2009
Aga Khan University
Two Seminars on
March 21, 2009
December 05, 2009
At Aga Khan University,Karachi, PAKISTAN
Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference Healthier and more secure communities in MENA region 2009
April 2-3, 2009
Bio-safety and Bio-security Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation Training Event for Pakistani Bio-scientists,
24 Pakistani scientists participated
Dubai, United Arab Emirates,12-14 January 2010
Dual-use dilemma arises that a piece of scientific research has the potential to be used for harm as well as for good
Curriculum Developed for Master’s, Undergraduate & Graduate students of life sciences for biosafety & biosecurity
Two semester class on laboratory biosafety and biosecurity
Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Fundamentals I
Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Fundamentals II
Special Topics in Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity
Course code: Mic-441
Principles of Biosafety
Course code: Mic-575
Biological Safety and Risk Management
Course code: Mic-442
Course Contents offered at NIBGE
Introduction to Biosafety
Introduction of laboratory safety, bio-safety procedures, use and disposal of bio-hazardous materials, regulator issues and established guidelines for safe practices
National University of Agricultural Sciences NARC/PARC
Bio-safety Environmental Aspects of Gene Technology
Overview of biotechnology and bio-safety issues concerns, international treaties/agreements in bio-safety, principles of risk assessment and risk management, factors affecting biodiversity…….
Department of Microbiology University of Karachi
Biosafety and Biosecurity
Lab risks and assessment, principle of biosafety and safe lab practices, spills and emergencies, risk groups and classification of infectious agents, infectious material, lab biosecurity levels P1,P2,P3 and P4, collection, packaging, transportation and disposal of infections material……
Pakistan Medical Research Council
National Bioethics Committee (NBC)
1.Research Ethics Committee
2.Medical Ethics Committee
NBC is an advisory body which deals with all aspects of bioethics in the health sector
Education and networking projects on dual use and biosecurity.
Giulio Mancini, ITALY
James Revill, University of BRADFORD
Anwar Nasim, PAKISTAN
Zabta Khan Shinwari, PAKISTAN
Khalid RiffiTemsamani, MOROCCO
Facing Global Challenges: Role for Champions
Adviser Science, COMSTECH, Islamabad, PAKISTAN
President Moroccan Biosafety Association
Director Laboratory of Materials and Interfacial Systems
University AbdelmalekEssaadi, Tetouan, MOROCCO
ICLS, Washington, USA
UNU, Tokyo, 1999
US-Pakistan Joint BS&S Working Group
1st Meeting:Developing national guidelines and plan for biorisk champions conference for key stakeholders
2nd Meeting:Meeting at biorisk champions conference
3rd Meeting:Finalize work on national guidelines
BIORISK CHAMPIONS CONFERENCE
Objective:Provide awareness and leadership training for core group of experts (30) to build champions among in key stakeholders across the different ministries.