Biosafety is an important consideration for all those working with potentially infectious materials.

For more information regarding Australian Regulations and Policies around Biosafety, please visit The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator website:

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has been established within the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to provide administrative support to the Gene Technology Regulator in the performance of her functions under the Gene Technology Act 2000. The Gene Technology Act 2000, which came into force on 21 June 2001, introduces a national scheme for the regulation of genetically modified organisms in Australia, in order to protect the health and safety of Australians and the Australian environment by identifying risks posed by or as a result of gene technology, and to manage those risks by regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms. It is this office that sets down the following Physical Containment Levels, which are equivalent to the US Biological Safety Levels (BSL1-4) PC2 (Physical Containment Level 2) PC3 (Physical Containment Level 3) PC4 (Physical Containment Level 4)

For examples of microbial risk groups and classifications see Australia/New Zealand Standard™ Safety in Laboratories Part 3: Microbiological aspects and containment facilities AS/NZS 2243.3:2002.

Below are links to general Biosafety regulations and guidelines for risk assessment from the ISAC website:

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Biosafety Engineering Solutions:

Cell sorter manufacturers have come up with a number of varying solutions to enable biocontainment during sorting.  Please click on the links below to view the most current engineering solutions offered by the companies who responded to a request for information:

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL):

"Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) quickly became the cornerstone of biosafety practice and policy in the United States upon first publication in 1984. Historically, the information in this publication has been advisory is nature even though legislation and regulation, in some circumstances, have overtaken it and made compliance with the guidance provided mandatory.

Risk Group and Biosafety Level Definitions: :

Risk Group and Biosafety Level Definitions: American Biological Safety Association Risk Group Database and Risk Classification Criteria for WHO, Australia, Canada, European Union, USA CDC and NIH for RDNA.

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