Biosafety Cabinet Field Certifier Accreditation

Achieve accreditation as a biosafety cabinet field certifier — wherever you are located.
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NSF operates two accreditation programmes that evaluate individuals who perform field certification of biosafety cabinets: an enhanced programme and a basic programme.

North American field certifiers may apply for accreditation only through the enhanced programme. Candidates living and working outside North America may apply to either the enhanced or the basic programme.

Each programme includes both written and practical, hands-on examinations, along with continuing education and ethics requirements.

Biosafety Field Certifier Test Overview Videos

Enhanced Accreditation Programme

NSF's enhanced Biosafety Cabinet Field Certifier Accreditation is the established norm for field certifiers who work in North America.

Recognised as the premier credential for individuals who certify Class II biosafety cabinets in North American hospitals, laboratories and research facilities, this programme is referenced in the Centers for Disease Control’s “Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (BMBL) as a means of identifying qualified service providers.

Established in the 1990s, the enhanced accreditation programme is geared toward individuals who are interested in certifying biosafety cabinets (BSCs), including A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1. Individuals seeking the enhanced accreditation are evaluated with the following tests:

  • Downflow velocity
  • HEPA filter leak — gross probe
  • Inflow velocity (secondary constricted access)
  • Decontamination test
  • Inflow velocity (primary, direct inflow measurement)
  • Lighting intensity
  • HEPA filter leak — scan
  • Vibration test
  • Site installation assessment
  • Noise-level test
  • Smoke patterns
  • Calculating downflow/inflow velocity from volume (Type B2)

A score of 80% or higher on the written examination also needs to be achieved.

Interested in taking a biosafety cabinet training course online?

Controlled Environment Consulting (CEC) offers eLearning courses in certification basics and certification of Class II biosafety cabinets.

Visit www.cenvironment.com/training or contact training@cenvironment.com for more information.

The following organisations offer training courses designed for individuals interested in learning about biological safety cabinets. NSF's examinations (both practical and written) are offered at the end of these courses. Please feel free to contact the facilities listed below for more information.

Allometrics
1425 Atlantis Drive
Suite B
Webster, TX 77598
Allometrics website

Controlled Environment Management (CEM)
2487 S. Gilbert Road
Suite 106-610
Gilbert, AZ 85295
CEM website

Con-Test
20-520 Westney Road S.
Ajax, ON L1S 6W6
Con-Test website

Eagleson Institute
161 Gatehouse Road
Sanford, ME 04073
Eagleson Institute website

Next Steps

To start the application process, please email BioSafetyCabinetry@nsf.org with the following information:

  1. High school or college diploma
  2. 20 test reports (with five being from a B2 biosafety cabinet)
  3. Completed enhanced application

Basic Accreditation Programme

NSF's basic accreditation programme is for field certifiers who live and work outside North America. It was established to meet a demonstrated need for improved field certification infrastructure worldwide.

This programme includes many of the same components as the enhanced programme but is tailored to the international marketplace. It provides trained field certifiers with credentials to show prospective clients and promotes overall awareness of the need for routine biosafety cabinet maintenance.

Because the costs associated with travelling to the United States for multiple training and testing sessions can be prohibitive, testing under the basic accreditation programme takes place in your home country and is paired with low-cost training courses.

NSF may provide training itself or may partner with outside organisations to offer training and education while NSF provides third-party testing services. By using loaned or donated test equipment and maximising the use of in-country resources, we keep costs as low as possible.

The basic accreditation programme includes both written and practical evaluations of a candidate’s ability to field-certify Type A biosafety cabinets. (Type B biosafety cabinets are not covered.) It also covers international standards, such as EN 12469 and the Chinese standard YY 0569.

Individuals who qualify for the basic accreditation programme take the following tests:

  • Downflow velocity (NSF 49)
  • Downflow velocity (EN 12469)
  • Inflow velocity (secondary constricted access)
  • Inflow velocity (secondary exhaust velocity)
  • HEPA filter leak — scan
  • Site installation assessment
  • Smoke patterns

A score of 80% or higher on the written examination also needs to be achieved.

Public Health England’s (PHE’s) Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training laboratory in Salisbury is an NSF preapproved test site for the basic accreditation programme’s practical and theoretical examinations. PHE is the only approved test site in Europe with Biosafety Cabinet Field Certifier Accreditation training available for candidates from countries outside North America.

Next Steps

To start the application process, please email BioSafetyCabinetry@nsf.org.

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