Biosafety and Biosecurity Preparedness and Applications of the One Health Concept

Event Date : 21/08/2024 - 22/08/2024
Event Time : 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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This workshop aims to provide the latest updates on biosafety and biosecurity regulations in Malaysia, with an emphasis on One Health concepts that involve human, animal, plant, and environmental health. Participants will be provided with information and training on appropriate personal protective equipment in laboratory and field settings, biocontainment and waste management, discussions on animal handling, risk assessment and reduction, and case studies on potential biosecurity risks in the Malaysian context.

Hands-on training will be provided on sample collection, labeling, and transportation of the relevant dangerous goods often used in biomedical, veterinary, and diagnostic fields. The workshop will also incorporate sessions on Malaysia’s National Policy on Biological Diversity for the years 2022-2030, as the country is a party to the Nagoya Protocol. This will include discussions on the Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Act 2017 [Act 795].

Objectives

  • To understand the key concepts of biosafety and biosecurity, with One Health considerations in the prevention and control of infectious diseases in Malaysia.
  • To gain hands-on and practical knowledge on the proper use of PPE, best practices, biological containment, and waste management in the research laboratory.
  • To discuss the links between humans, animals and the environment and potential risks to health.

Speakers

Puan Norazwana bt. Aizon, JBK
Puan Norazwana bt. Aizon
Department of Biosafety,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental
Sustainability, Malaysia

Puan Azareena, JBK
Puan Azareena bt. Yahya
Department of Biosafety,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental
Sustainability, Malaysia

Puan Farahin Masran, NRES
Puan Nur Farahin bt. Masran
Biodiversity and Forestry Management Division,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental
Sustainability, Malaysia

Puan W Afiza, MKAK
Puan W Nur Afiza bt. W Mohd Arifin
National Public Health Laboratory (MKAK),
Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Prof Dr Malaika Watanabe
Prof Dr Malaika Watanabe
Founding Member, Tropical Council for Companion
Animal Parasites (TroCCAP),
Head, Department of Veterinary Science, IMU University

Prof Dr Syafinaz Amin-Nordin, UPM
Prof Dr Syafinaz Amin-Nordin
Deputy Director (Clinical Support) and Consultant Clinical
Microbiologist, Hospital Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, UPM

Dr Sarenasulastri bt. Awang Besar
Dr Sarenasulastri bt. Awang Besar
Director, Northern Zone Veterinary Laboratory (MVZU),
Disease Control and Veterinary Biosecurity Division,
Department of Veterinary Services (DVS)

Dr Reuben Sunil Kumar Sharma, UPM
Dr Reuben Sharma
President, Malaysian Association of Zoological Medicine
(MAZM)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM

Prof Wong Shew Fung, IMU
Prof Dr Wong Shew Fung
Deputy Director, Research, IRDI, IMU University

DAY 1 – 21ST AUGUST 2024 (Wednesday)

8:00 Registration/Breakfast
8:50 Welcome and opening remarks Professor Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim,
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), IRDI Director & Chair of IMU-IBC, IMU
University
9:00 Topic 1: Biosafety regulations in Malaysia Puan Norazwana bt. Aizon,
Department of Biosafety,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability,
Malaysia
10:00 Break
10:15 Topic 2: Working with Living Modified Organisms in the laboratory Puan Azareena Yahya,
Department of Biosafety,
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability,
Malaysia
11:15 Q&A and Presentation of Token of Appreciation
11:30 Topic 3: Access to Malaysia’s Biological Resources: The National
Policy on Biological Diversity 2022-2030 and Access to Biological
Resources and Benefit Sharing Act 2017 [Act 795]”
Puan Nur Farahin bt. Masran,
Biodiversity and Forestry Management Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environmental Sustainability, Malaysia
12:30 Q&A
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Topic 4: Personal protective equipment training (disinfection,
donning and doffing), safety in sample collection, labelling, and
transportation
Puan W Nur Afiza bt. W Mohd Arifin,
National Public Health Laboratory (MKAK), Ministry of Health, Malaysia
15:00 Hands-on session Puan W Nur Afiza bt. W Mohd Arifin, MKAK, MoH
Malaysia
Dr Nur Alia Johari,
IMU-IBC Biosafety Officer, IRDI
16:30 Q&A and Presentation of Token of Appreciation
16:45 End of Day 1

DAY 2 – 22ND AUGUST 2024 (Thursday)

8:30 Registration/Breakfast
9:00 Topic 5: Overview of One Health concepts, infection prevention and
control
Professor Dr Syafinaz Amin-Nordin,
Deputy Director (Clinical Support) and Consultant Clinical Microbiologist,
Hospital Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, UPM
10:00 Q&A
10:15 Topic 6: The Understanding of Biosafety and Biosecurity Practices in
Animal Disease Investigation and Research
Dr Sarenasulastri bt. Awang Besar,
Director, Northern Zone Veterinary Laboratory (MVZU), Disease Control and
Veterinary Biosecurity Division, Department of Veterinary Services
(DVS)
11:15 Q&A
11:30 Topic 7: Animal handling in the research laboratory Professor Dr Wong Shew Fung,
Deputy Director (Research), IRDI, IMU University
12:30 Q&A
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Topic 8: Zoonotic Diseases: Host-Pathogen Diversity and
Transmission Dynamics
Dr Reuben Sunil Kumar Sharma,
President, Malaysian Association of
Zoological Medicine (MAZM),
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM
15:00 Q&A
15:15 Topic 9: Biosecurity and Biosafety in Veterinary Clinical
Practice
Professor Dr Malaika Watanabe,
Founding Member, Tropical Council for
Companion Animal Parasites (TroCCAP),
Head, Department of Veterinary Science,
IMU University
16:15 Q&A
16:30 Presentation of Certificate & Token of Appreciation Dr Nur Alia Johari,
Organising Chairperson,
IMU-IBC Biosafety Officer, IRDI,
IMU University
17:00 Closing Remarks
17:15 End of Day 2

REGISTRATION FEE (inclusive of SST)

Early Bird (By 21 July 2024) RM720
Regular RM800
IMU Staff / Alumni / Student (Non-IMU) RM560
IMU Student RM400
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