Welcome to the Biosafety Training Institute (BTI)

The Biosafety Training Institute (BTI) has been developed by The University of Edinburgh as a centre of excellence, delivering accredited professional biosafety training courses to a specialist audience most of whom have first degrees, with many also having postgraduate qualifications.

Initially targeted at biological and biomedical research workers in Universities, the Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 course is suitable for anyone with a role in health and safety within a biological or biomedical environment, including biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 course provider

The Biosafety Training Institute (BTI) is the only UK provider to offer this accredited course to the international market as a full E-LEARNING (online) course and a HYBRID course (combination of e-learning and face to face teaching).


The next online course will run 11 October - 22 November  2017.
Registration now open!  Click here for details and how to book.

“A thoroughly useful course, entirely relevant to my job and learning requirements"

“Very good course, enjoyable and rewarding.  Extremely good for career development”

“Very worthwhile and highly useful”

Professional Course in Biorisk Management

The Biosafety Training Institute (BTI) at the University of Edinburgh is currently finalising its Professional Course in Biorisk Management.  This course is available to the International market and successful completion of this online course will result in delegates achieving a certificate in Biorisk Management from the University of Edinburgh .

The BTI has also recently (2016) become an Observer Organisation to the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA). Therefore, this course will, as well as providing an excellent grounding in biosafety and biosecurity, provide education and training to prepare individual candidates to demonstrate their competency via IFBA's Professional Certification scheme.

A guidance framework for course fees can be found here.  Fee rates, based on individual countries / personal circumstances, can be discussed upon enquiry.

If you wish to receive information about this course in due course, please leave your details here.

European Biosafety Association (EBSA) 20th Annual Meeting, Madrid

Alastair Reid (BTI Institute Director / Director of Health & Safety, The University of Edinburgh) attended the 20th Annual EBSA conference in Madrid, "The diverse world of Biosafety" at the end of April 2017.  The BTI had a poster at the conference and in addition to the conference programme, Alastair attended a session, with other biosafety colleagues, to discuss the availability of online biosafety training.  With the conference programme and the workshops, it was a very interesting and busy 2 days.