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CEN Workshop Agreement 15793: Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard

[CWA 15793]

CWA 15793 is voluntary standard that outlines a set of requirements that establish a biorisk management system for the handling and storage of biological agents and toxins in a laboratory setting. The requirements cover risks to employees, the community and the environment.


The  European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Workshop Agreement 15793 (CWA 15973): Laboratory Biorisk Management Standard is a management systems approach that implements a plan-do-check-act cycle to identify, monitor and control laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. The Standard was prepared through a CEN workshop on Laboratory biosafety and biosecurity which was attended by 76 experts from around the world. It was published in 2008, and updated in 2011, and is available in English, French and German. This Standard comes with a companion implementation guide, CWA 16393, and provided the foundation for ISO 35001: Biorisk management for laboratories and other related organisations which was published in 2019 (both resources have their own entry in this library). 

CEN is a public standards organization that aims to foster the economy, global trading, environment, and public welfare of the European continent. CEN has hosted 84 workshops as of September 2021. These workshops address emerging or rapidly evolving technologies that require quickly developed specifications and research. The main outcome of a CEN workshop is a CEN Workshop Agreement, a voluntary agreement with international applicability. CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.