The Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 (Foundation) course was presented to the University of Edinburgh Validation Board in April 2012.
The course has now been approved by University of Edinburgh as SCQF Level 11.
Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR)
From September 2010 until the end of January 2014, ISTR accredited the course materials delivered by the BTI under a franchise agreement with Trio Training and Safety Services Ltd (TTASS), who authored and have maintained the principal Biosafety Practitioner course since the first accreditation in 2010.
The University of Edinburgh BTI has now developed its own course materials, and modes of delivery, whilst still achieving the required learning outcomes. Our reformulated course material for the hybrid course (part online, part face to face) and full e-learning course has now been accredited directly by ISTR.
Once candidates have completed all of the units by class study or via e-learning, and passed the assessment; they can become registered with ISTR as Level 1 Biosafety Practitioners, if they also have the relevant practical experience.
CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA)
The University of Edinburgh participated in the CEN workshop that resulted in the Cen Workshop Agreement (CWA) 16335 workshop agreement,
‘Biosafety professional competence’, published in 2011. The agreement was adopted by several European and other World participants, including the UK. It describes the role, background qualifications and competencies of the biosafety professional.
The ISTR accredited Biosafety Professional (BSP) scheme was included in this CWA as an example of demonstrating experience as a biosafety professional. The ISTR accredited Biosafety Practitioner scheme contributes to the knowledge base requirements for progressing towards the Biosafety Professional standard.
The Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 (Foundation) training course, provided by the Biosafety Training Institute, is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD. This course may be counted as 93 CPD credits.