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Biological risks

21 November 2023

UC uses biological material in research and teaching activities. Our biological hazards protocol includes procedures and policies that prevent harm to people, protect the environment, and make sure the security of potential biological contaminants. Learn more about biological risks at UC.


The University of Canterbury's Protocol: Biological Hazards includes procedures and policies that:

  • Prevents harm to people
  • Protects the environment
  • Ensures the security of any potential biological contaminants

The University of Canterbury is committed to meeting all standards and complying with all relevant legislation and regulations. Research and teaching facilities are managed and maintained to ensure compliance with:

Detailed requirements for the safe use and containment of biological materials and microorganisms are kept by each department.

Specific roles, responsibilities and requirements are set out in the MPI approved Containment and Quarantine Manuals held by each department.

A key role in managing biological hazards at University of Canterbury is the Biological Compliance Officer (BCO).

The BCO should be contacted for advice for the following:

  • Importing Biological Materials
  • Conducting Biological Hazard Management Audits
  • Advice on training requirements for dealing with Biological Hazards.

Contact the Biological Compliance Officer

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