The organization’s top management shall develop, authorize, and sign a policy concerning the management of laboratory biorisk (laboratory biosafety and laboratory biosecurity). It shall clearly state the overall biorisk management objectives and a commitment to improving biorisk management performance.
The policy shall be appropriate to the nature and scale of the risk associated with the facility and associated activities and commit to:
a) protecting staff, contractors, visitors, community and environment from biological agents and toxins that are stored or handled within the facility;
b) reducing the risk of unintentional release of, or exposure to biological agents and toxins;
c) reducing the risk to an acceptable level of unauthorized intentional release of hazardous biological materials, including the need to conduct risk assessments and implement the required control measures;
d) complying with all legal requirements applicable to the biological agents and toxins that will be handled or possessed, and with the requirements of this standard;
e) ensuring that the need for effective biorisk management shall take precedence over all non “health and safety” operational requirements;
f) effectively informing all employees and relevant third parties and communicating individual obligations with regard to biorisk to those groups;
g) continually improving biorisk management performance.