Getting biosecurity facility (AA Site) approval
How to get biosecurity facility approval
Applications for a new Approved Arrangement (AA) Site (formally referred to as a QAP) are submitted using the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ (DAWR) online form, which includes a legal declaration. The Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer must complete this on behalf of the University and the AA Manager as an authorised delegate once the following process is complete.
The approval process
- Determine the type of facility approval needed for your work activities. This information will be stipulated on your import permit(s) or in-vivo approval. If these import/work approvals are not yet in place, you should liaise directly with the DAWR - Approved Arrangement section for assistance.
- Review the AA application information provided by the DAWR.
- Check that the facility complies with the relevant requirements. AA Requirements set out what must be in place for containment facilities to be used for research, analysis and/or testing of imported biological material including microorganisms, animal and human products and soil. Different types of biosecurity containment (BC) facilities include microbiological laboratories, and animal, insectary and plant facilities.
- Arrange for a third party assessor to conduct an inspection of the facility (note that this is not required for BC1 facilities). If the facility passes the physical (construction and engineering) assessment, an Assurance Compliance Certificate will be issued.
- Conduct an assessment of the Fit and Proper Person (FPP) status of the AA. The AA Manager (or delegate) should contact the Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer when reasonable enquiries have been made, and to arrange for the AA Manager to complete a University FPP Form.
- Ensure AA users who will directly access or supervise others handling biosecurity controlled goods (quarantine materials) have undertaken Accredited Person or in-house training.
- Contact the Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer to arrange submission of the online application form.
Note that on receipt of the application, DAWR will contact the AA Manager to organise an inspection of the facility to ensure that it meets the requirements for approval.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to the University’s Biosafety and Biosecurity Officer.