A-PBA began on 22 Feb 2005 and is already representing over 800 practicing biosafety professionals from more than 42 countries across the Asia Pacific region and outside the region namely (Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lao PDR, Macau, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, Zambia)
This professional association was formed to congregate practitioners of biological safety for the promotion of Biosafety and Biosecurity and to facilitate the sharing of information through:
Biorisk trainings and conferences in the region.
The formation of the National Biosafety Association (NA) and Country Working Groups CWG.
National, regional and international collaborations and partnerships.
Technical collaboration activates with various stake holders
A-PBA, an affiliation of International Federation of Biosafety Association (IFBA) and American Biosafety Association (ABSA), leverage on the existing regional pool of biosafety professionals, partnership with the regional NA and CWG, international agencies to help build and spread biosafety and biosecurity capability and capacity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Sustainable Biosafety and Biosecurity in the Asia-Pacific Region
To advance biological safety and security knowledge and sustainable practices in the Asia Pacific Region
To provide a professional forum that represents the regional interests and needs of biological safety practitioners and to provide a platform promoting constructive dialogue between the scientific community, governments, civil society, and the private sector
To enhance recognition and endorsement of APBA as credible and competent implementing partner in strengthening biosafety and biosecurity standards and best practices.
To promote and develop National Biosafety Associations (NA) and Country Biosafety Working Groups (CWG) and fully integrate NAs and CWGs into APBA.
To advocate biosafety and biocontainment technology as a credible profession and enhance recognition that those who work with biological materials should be skilled and competent in biosafety standards and best practices.
To educate key governmental, political, public and private stakeholders on the need to strengthen sustainable biosafety practices and laboratory infrastructure/equipment using practical risk-based solutions that can be operated and maintained in a safe and secure manner using local resources.
To target key international public health initiatives to ensure they include biosafety and biosecurity priorities, resources and agendas for action that enhance sustainable biosafety capacity among medical laboratory technicians and scientists.
A-PBA is evolving and will continue to stay relevant serving the Asia-Pacific Region and be an active partner of the international biosafety community at the same time.