SFU has a comprehensive biosafety program to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and is governed by the Institutional Biosafety Committee under the Vice President, Research.

SFU faculty and staff members intending to conduct research, teaching and testing involving biohazardous material, under the auspices of SFU and/or using SFU resources, are required to submit a biosafety permit application through the biosafety permit database. An approved biosafety permit must be in place in advance of such work.



A biosafety permit is required when working with biohazardous materials.

Biosafety permit application

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Principal investigators (PIs) and lab instructors intending to work with biohazards (as defined in SFU Biosafety Policy R20.02) are required to submit a biosafety permit application and follow the application process.

Each permit application requires the PI/ instructor to:

  • Identify the hazards;
  • List all personnel;
  • Outline responsibilities of all personnel involved with that project.
Office of Research Services (ORS) will require a copy of the biosafety permit, otherwise grant funding can be withheld.