Biosecurity

Biosecurity

Quality Assurance for Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA), other potential agents and communicable disease threats to Australia utilizing Microscopy, Culture and Molecular Techniques

“A single misdiagnosis of a Security Sensitive Biological Agent (SSBA) has enormous political, economic and human consequences. The use of appropriate proficiency testing programs (PTP) is a major way of reducing the risk of misdiagnosis”.

RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Ltd utilises a grant from the Australian Department of Health (DoH) to establish a proficiency testing program for Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBAs) http://www.health.gov.au/SSBA.

RCPAQAP Biosecurity has been developed through collaboration with experts in the fields of microbiology, infectious diseases and forensics and is currently available to laboratories within Australia that require the capability to test for SSBA, other potential agents and communicable disease threats to Australia. The aim is to build and enhance laboratory capacity and capability to detect, analyse, identify and report these agents.

In 2014 the program is offering surveys for bacteria, viruses and toxins through the Specimen Modules, for those laboratories that have facilities for handling and testing these agents, and a Virtual and eLearning Modules for routine diagnostic laboratories. There will also be a Simulated Exercise in biopreparedness that will be offered to selected laboratories across Australia.

Our focus is on safety, quality and ongoing education in Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA), other potential agents and communicable disease threats to Australia.

Acknowledgement: RCPAQAP wish to acknowledge the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH), Health Emergency Countermeasures for their generous support of RCPAQAP Biosecurity.