The University of Toronto Biosafety Program is designed to protect lab personnel and the public from potential exposure to infectious agents, and to prevent the release of agents harmful to plants or animals. The program includes a number of components such as determining laboratory containment requirements (physical and operational controls); medical surveillance (including immunization where appropriate); classroom and online training; and compliance with regulatory requirements for importing and shipping biological agents.
Overall control of the program is through the University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee with administrative and technical support provided by the Biosafety Team in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
- Canadian Biosafety Standards
- Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Plant Pests
- Containment Standards for Facilities Handling Aquatic Animal Pathogens
If you are vacating a lab room, you are responsible for leaving it in a state suitable for re-occupancy or renovation.
- Laboratory Decommissioning
- Decommissioning form for Biological agents (PDF)
- Safe to Remove Tag (PDF)
** Note: All applications for import permits must be signed by the Senior Biosafety Officer before submitting to the Pathogen Regulation Directorate. If you wish to import a biological agent that is not listed on your U of T biosafety certificate, an amendment to your certificate must be approved before applying to import. **
- Importing Pathogens (human and indigenous or established animal pathogens) – Please contact the Biosafety Office
- Importing Other Pathogens (including aquatic animal pathogens)
- Importing Plant Pests
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Canada)
- Basic competency checklist for transporting dangerous goods
- List of vendors for type 1A and 1B containers for infectious substances
- BSO Human Pathogen and Toxin Transfer Notification (DOCX)
- Other trade/transport links