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Dear A-PBA Members,
A-PBA will be celebrating its 10th anniversary since its  formation in 22 Feb 2005.
A-PBA has come a long way since its formation by few founding members in 2005.  The association has since grown to an association with members of more than 800 from the region as well as outside the region.  Through the years A-PBA has conducted many Biosafety trainings, workshops, conferences and  collaboration projects with international and regional  collaborators. A-PBA creates a platform for sharing among the international and regional experts . A-PBA maintains  strong ties with international agencies such as EBSA, ABSA, IFBA, WHO and more. In the last two years, A-PBA has been undergoing  structural changes to keep up with the changing environment and meeting the needs of the region. The latest constitutional changes that has been approved by the AGM and the Registration of Society of Singapore (ROS) is now available on A-PBA website.
To mark the next phase of A-PBA’s growth into a regional association, we are creating a new A-PBA logo. We are opening this opportunity to all our creative and artistic counterparts to create a new A-PBA logo design.  Thus,  we are holding a logo designing competition as part of our 10th anniversary and all members are encouraged to participate.
Competition details are as follows:
There will be prices to be won:
1st Price = SGD 1200
2nd Price = SGD 800
3rd price = SGD 500
3 consolation price of SGD 100 each
Rules for A-PBA logo design competition :
1.     Participant must be an active A-PBA member
2.     Design be submitted in BMP or JPG  format (high resolution)
3.     Please include a short paragraph (100-120 words) explaining the rational of  the design feature together with your submission.
4.     Please include your particulars (name, designation, organization name and contact details (email and tel) with you submission.
5.     The association reserve the right to choose all or partial of the logo design features, combination from any of the submission for the final logo
6.     Final design artwork will be fine-tuned by a professional logo designer.
7.     Submission without complete information above will be disqualified  
8.     Deadline for submission is on 25 January 2015 ( Later submissions will not be accepted )
Please submit your artwork to the secretariat :
- Biorisk Management Certification Exam By IFBA

 Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the IFBA Certification Body, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Biorisk Management professional certification examination. This is an exciting opportunity for professionals in our field to advance their careers and achieve international recognition among colleagues. Registration is now open for paper-based exam sessions as outlined below which are being offered in partnership with our Member Biosafety Associations. On-line examinations will be offered later this year.
·         Wednesday November 5, in Sydney, Australia at the 4th Annual Conference of the Association of Biosafety for Australia & New Zealand (ABSANZ). Applicants can register for either the morning or afternoon exam sitting. ABSANZ is also offering webinar training based on the exam content to anyone interested in preparing for the exam (please contact the ABSANZ secretariat a for further details and to register for the training).
·         Wednesday November 5th, in Bangkok, Thailand at the 9th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association.

Applications for exam registration and payment for certification fees must be processed through the on-line Certifior system at . Please Click Here for Guide to Using Certifior and Click Here for a copy of the IFBA Certification Candidate Handbook which includes detailed information on the program and examination content.

We would like to acknowledge the support and generosity of our key partners in developing this new program (Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, Sandia National Laboratories, and Assessment Systems), the IFBA's Certification Body, and the many volunteers from our Members around the world.

With regards,

A-PBA Secretariat
On behalf of Maureen Ellis

Executive Director
International Federation of Biosafety Associations
605-170 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K1P 5V5
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