Biosafety conference related to developing countries held in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Biosafety and Biosecurity Association and the Food and Agriculture Organization held the first annual International Biosafety and Biosecurity Conference at Dhaka University between December 6 and December 8.

The two organizations collaborated with private partners and universities in the conference and a pre-conference workshop to discuss biosecurity issues in developing nations.

Syed Modasser Ali, the advisor to the prime minister for health and family welfare and social welfare affairs, was the chief guest of the conference. Ali discussed the urgent need for the implementation of biosecurity and biosafety measures in Bangladesh. He said that the measures were especially important given the increasing use of various recombinant products in crop and medical biotechnology.

Ali said that Bangladesh's Gazetted Biosafety Rules created by the country's parliament would aid scientists working on genetically modified organisms.

A A M S Arefin Siddique and Pran Gopal Datta, vice chancellors of Dhaka University and BSM Medical University, respectively, were special guests to the conference. The two guests said that Bangladesh now deals with drug and vaccine import and production, including various sensitive organisms and their products. The experts emphasized the need for good laboratory practices and the safe disposal of hazardous biological waste.

The results of the conference were reported as part of the Crop Biotech Update, a agri-biotech summary released every week by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter.