Biosafety Certificate Application

A MUN biosafety certificate is required for all activities (research and teaching) that involve the use or manipulation of biohazardous agents, and materials containing such agents which are:

  • Conducted on University premises, or in a building or location administered by or under the control of the University,

  • Undertaken by University personnel (staff or students), or

  • Funded through University-administered funding.

Completing the forms in Mac OSX

OSX by default uses the application ‘Preview’ to render forms instead of Acrobat Reader. ‘Preview’ does not support PDF forms, therefore will not work while being used in this program.

  1. Install the most recent version of Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader).
  2. Save the form to your local drive on your own computer and note the location of the saved file. (ex. Documents).
  3. Open the Adobe Acrobat Pro/Reader application.
  4. On the Acrobat Reader menu, go to File->Open. Open the file from the location in which you saved it. The form will not work if you simply double-click it, unless Acrobat/Reader is already your default PDF viewer.
  5. Complete the form and save the changes before emailing.

Completing the forms in Windows

The default browsers for downloading these forms are Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Google Chrome users may need to follow the steps outlined in the "note" below.

  1. If Adobe Acrobat Pro is not already installed, download and install the most recent version of Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader).
  2. Click the file link to automatically download the PDF.

NOTE: if the following screen appears after clicking the document link, and the PDF does not load...

Click on the "save as" icon (indicated by the red arrow) and save the document to you computer.

 

New Applicants/Renewals

The following forms are available to researchers who need to obtain a new biosafety certificate or renew an existing certificate. All forms are fillable and instruction for completion are provided within each document.

New applicants: Completed application forms, including the Biohazard Procedures Risk Assessment and Matrix for Assessment of Risk Group (the matrix is required only if the RG is unknown) must be forwarded to the BSO AT LEAST SIXTY (60) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE APPROVAL IS REQUESTED.

Renewals:  Complete renewal applications must be received by the  BSO NO LATER THAN NINTY (90) DAYS  PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CERTIFICATE’S EXPIRATION DATE.

Use of electronic signatures is highly recommended.

Please forward completed application packages via email to bso@mun.ca (Simply save the pdf with electronic signatures, and email the file to the BSO. Printing hard copy originals and forwarding of paper applications or scanned copies is discouraged).

Only current versions of the application form will be accepted (current version is 3.8) (older versions will be returned to the applicant for re-submission).

Biosafety Certificate Application form 2016  (Version 3.8 fillable PDF) 

Biohazard Procedures Risk Assessment template (Excel file)

Matrix for the Assessment of Risk Group (fillable PDF)

 

Current Biosafety Certificate Holders - Amendments

For current biosafety certificate holders who intend to modify or change aspects of their research with biohazards (eg. change in procedures, biohazards, locations, etc.), an amendment to their biosafety certificate must be approved by the IBC.

Please forward completed application packages [including the biosafety certificate amendment request form, biohazard procedures risk assessment (if applicable) and matricies for the assessment of risk group (if applicable)] via email to bso@mun.ca (hard copy originals are not required and forwarding of paper applications is discouraged). Only current versions of the amendment form will be accepted (current version is 3.3) (older versions will be returned to the applicant for re-submission).

Biosafety Certificate Amendment Request Form (Version 3.3 fillable PDF) 

Biohazard Procedures Risk Assessment template (Excel file)

Matrix for the Assessment of Risk Group (fillable PDF)

Contact

Environmental Health & Safety

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca