On 27th October 2016, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) held a stakeholder seminar in Dublin castle to update those working in the biotechnology field on the development of new biotechnology standards. The event was chaired by Dr Suzanne Bracken of MMI. Speakers on the day included Mr Maurice Buckley, the then Chief Executive of the NSAI, Ms Emma Snapes of the INFANT Centre in UCC and active member of the biobanking working group in ISO TC 276; Dr Ricardo Gent, Chair of ISO TC 276; Judith Arcidiacono of the FDA and Dr Anne Cody of the HRB.
The seminar was attended by representatives from Irish academia, industry and industry trade bodies, as well as international members of the ISO Technical Committee 276 Biotechnology working groups. It took place during the week-long 5th Working Group meeting for ISO TC 276, where 120 experts from 26 countries met to continue the development of the Biotechnology standards.
The aim of the event was to offer attendees an opportunity to meet and hear directly from the experts involved in developing the Biotechnology standard and to find out about progress to date. Furthermore, the work of the NSAI National Biotechnology Standards Committee, also known as the National Mirror Group to ISO TC276, was highlighted. This committee, chaired by Dr Suzanne Bracken of MMI, was set up in January 2015 to monitor and participate in the work of ISO TC 276 and to advise the NSAI on the development and approvals of standards in the field of Biotechnology.
Further details and video recordings of the Dublin Castle meeting can be found at the NSAI webpage here