Biosecurity is defined by the security measures designed to prevent the loss, theft, misuse, diversion, or intentional release of pathogens, toxins, and other related assets (e.g., personnel, equipment, non-infectious material, animals, sensitive information). Consult the following resources to find out more about biosecurity.

Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Regulations

Consult the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act and Regulations to learn about how research activities involving pathogens and toxins are regulated in Canada

Canadian Biosafety Standard

Consult the Canadian Biosafety Standard to learn more about biosecurity requirements for laboratories in Canada.

Canadian Biosafety guidelines

Consult the Canadian Biosafety guidelines on Conducting a Biosecurity Risk Assessment and Developing a Comprehensive Biosecurity Plan to learn more about how to mitigate biosecurity risks.


Consult PHAC's free webinars to learn about Effective Management of Dual-Use in Life Science Research and developing a Biosecurity plan.

Online classes

Visit PHAC's e-learning portal for free e-Learning courses on biosecurity such as:

  • Introducing Biosecurity;
  • Conducting a Biosecurity Risk Assessment;
  • Biosecurity plans;
  • Introduction to Dual-Use in Life Sciences Research; and
  • Insider and Outsider Threats.


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