Security Sensitive Biological Agent (SSBA) Standards (SSBA Standards) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this standard if you intend to handle security-sensitive biological agents (SSBA). SSBA are biological agents which could be developed or retained in types and quantities that could allow it to be used as a weapon. All biological agents which are considered to be SSBA are included in a list of SSBA, maintained by the Agency.

These standards set out requirements for the handling, storage, transport and disposal of SSBAs, and the security status of individuals who are entitled to handle or dispose of SSBAs. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Health Emergency Management

Act(s) name

National Health Security Act 2007 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

National Health Security (SSBA Standards) Determination 2013 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Health
Health Emergency Management

Operating address:
Sirius Building, Furzer Street
Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address:
GPO Box 9848
Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62891555


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