The “Laboratory Biosafety Training Course” aims at training laboratory professionals in biosafety and biorisk management according to the highest international standards, promoting the knowledge and the dissemination of these standards in Italy and abroad, with particular attention to developing countries.

The presence of participants from all over the world is envisaged. Although candidates will have homogeneous bio-medical background, the variety of presented topics addresses the needs and interests of different professionals in the field of bio-risk management.
Good command of English is required.

The “Laboratory Biosafety Training Course”, organized by the Chair of Clinical Microbiology (University of Milan) and by the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies of Luigi Sacco University Hospital of Milan with the patronage of the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS – Istituto Superiore di Sanità), will be a five-day hands-on training course. The programme offers a first complete analysis of biological risk, and an introduction on biosafety and biosecurity as sets of measures that can help manage biological risk. Then, the course will mainly focus on biosafety measures (facility design and construction, laboratory equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Good Laboratory Practices, laboratory accidents, biohazardous waste management and regulatory aspects). The second part will offer the participants the opportunity to experiment what they have learned in the theoretical lessons with tailored exercises at our premises (BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities).


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Training course brochure 


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Please download the registration form here.

IFBA’s Professional Certification

All exam candidates are required to create an account, in order to generate their unique Candidate ID number, within the IFBA’s online Certifior candidate processing system at Once your Certifior account has been created, the IFBA Secretariat will be registering you for the exam session. For further information please contact the Training Course Secretariat at

We are pleased to announce that, for the second consecutive year, in addition to the training programme, we are collaborating with the International Federation of Biosafety Association, to host an IFBA examination session and offer our participants the opportunity to obtain the IFBA Professional Certification (PC) in Biorisk Management.

The IFBA’s Professional Certification (PC) in Biorisk Management identifies individuals with demonstrated competencies in the fundamental principles & practices of biorisk management. A valid PC in Biorisk Management is a prerequisite certification required before candidates are eligible to apply for IFBA certification in additional technical disciplines. The PC in Biorisk Management is suited to a wide range of professionals working with and around biological materials in functions such as biorisk management & biosafety officers, laboratory scientists, technicians, researchers, facility operations & maintenance personnel, biocontainment design engineers & architects, educators, consultants and policy makers. Individuals holding this certification possess the knowledge and skills in sufficient degree to safely and securely manage biological risks in the laboratory and healthcare setting.

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) is not-for-profit non-governmental organization of regional and national Biosafety Associations from all areas of the world. It is a global community of scientists, biosafety professionals, laboratory personnel, architects, engineers, academics and policy makers who have common interest in advancing biosafety and biosecurity.

The IFBA cooperates with national and international public health and animal health authorities, with international agencies (e.g. WHO, OIE, BWC, UN1540, Interpol, Stop TB Partnership) and with like-minded professional associations (e.g. International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science, African Society for Laboratory Medicine).

In order to increase accessibility of the certification program internationally and in particular to resource‐limited countries around the globe, the IFBA implements an international scholarship fee structure. The scholarship program is designed to empower those needing international credentials in biorisk management who live in resource‐limited countries where economic circumstances impact their ability to pay the full certification and recertification fees. Applicants who currently reside and have responsibility for biorisk management in eligible countries will receive discounted fee pricing of € 90 for certification.

List of Countries Eligible for International Scholarship Certification Fee: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, People’s Republic of Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea‐Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor‐Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania: Mainland, United Republic of Tanzania: Zanzibar, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

More details on website

Additional Certifications

Starting from this edition, it will be possible for those professionals who already own the IFBA Biorisk Management certification, to sit for the advanced certifications in:
– Biological Waste Management
– Biocontainment Facility Design, Operations & Maintenance
– Biosafety Cabinet Selection, Installation and Safe Use
– Biosecurity
For information on the exam content, study materials and sample questions, click here

How to reach L. Sacco University Hospital

Via G.B. Grassi 74
20157 Milano

Railroad link
Stop Milano Certosa (2 km distant to L. Sacco University Hospital)
-Suburban line S5 (Varese – Treviglio)
-Suburban line S6 (Novara – Treviglio)

-Line 1, 12 (end of line in front of L.Sacco University Hospital)

The course will take place at the Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies, of L. Sacco University Hospital, headed by Prof. Maria Rita Gismondo. The laboratory includes BSL2, BSL3 and BSL4 facilities fully equipped not only for diagnostic purposes, but also for training and hands-on educational modules.

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