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Advanced training courses offered by the Biosafety Department

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Science is subject to constant change, while laws and regulations are sometimes adapted discreetly and with sometimes long delays. Regular attendance at a training course ensures that your knowledge is up to date and that you can properly classify the hazards to your employees posed by working with biological agents.

For the risk assessment of the work with genetically modified organisms (GMO) and other biological agents, a corresponding technical or specialized knowledge is necessary. The precise composition of this depends on the planned work and the associated legalities.

According to the Biological Agents Ordinance (BioStoffV, §2 Para.11), it may be necessary to complete various advanced training courses in order to acquire the required expertise.  On the other hand, the Genetic Engineering Safety Ordinance (GenTSV, §§28 para.2 p.1 no.3, para.5) mandates the attendance of an officially recognized advanced training course as part of the required expertise. With the update of the GenTSV in 2021, it is also necessary to refresh the expertise every 5 years through a new attendance at a recognized training event (GenTSV §28 Abs.3).

As the Department of Biological Safety at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) in Heidelberg, we deal on a daily basis with the issues surrounding the subject of biological agents and the resulting risks for employees and the environment. Based on our expertise, we have started to develop training events and now offer them also to external parties.

Currently offered training courses:

  • Refresher course for project manager expertise according to GenTSV §28 para.3. Further information can be found here.

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