Welcome to ChABSA

ChABSA, the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association, is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) established in 1984. ChABSA was established in 1987 by local area members of ABSA with a similar interest in the safety of research using microorganisms and recombinant DNA. 



2014 Scientific Symposium

The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association’s (ChABSA) annual Scientific Symposium will be held at the Frederick Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Frederick, MD on June 25, 2014. To register please follow this link.


Call for Courses!!!

ChABSA will be offering Pre-Symposium Courses

on Tuesday, June 24, 2014!

We would like to invite you to be part of this important event by submitting a proposal for a Pre-Symposium Course.  Proposals for half day (four-hour) and full-day (8 hour) courses are welcome.  See complete announcement and proposal Form.


Call for Volunteers!!!

ChABSA is looking for interested persons to serve on the 2014 ChABSA Pre-Symposium Course Committee!

Are you looking for a way to get involved and make a difference in your organization?

This is it!!!


The last two years have been such a success for ChABSA offering the Pre-Symposium courses in coordination with its Annual Scientific Symposium, and the feedback has been extremely positive! ChABSA is looking to build on this success and offer even more courses this year to meet the needs of our local Biosafety and Biosecurity community.

But we can’t do this without you!

We are in need of volunteers to serve on the 2014 ChABSA Pre-Symposium Course Committee.

Committee members would be involved in:

  • Reviewing course submissions (they will be due March 28, 2014)
  • Selecting the courses (must be completed by April 11, 2014)
  • Communicating with the instructors to receive and review the course materials
  • Developing the course materials and handouts
  • Facilitating the courses on June 24, 2014, at the Holiday Inn in Frederick, MD. 


If you are interested, willing, and able to work with a group of your colleagues to make this happen, please email Angela Ragan, 2014 Pre-Symposium Course Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thank you!


To create an account click on the login button and select "create an account".

If you are a registered user you MUST login prior to registering for any event.



 Submission Deadline is Saturday, April 12, 2014

 Abstracts are requested for the Annual Scientific Symposium of the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) to be held Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Frederick Maryland Hotel & Convention Center at FSK Mall, in Frederick, Maryland.

All topics related to biological safety, with particular emphasis on original research, are acceptable in the following categories (Please feel free to submit an abstract outside of these categories related to biosafety).  

  • Biosafety
  • Biosecurity/Biothreats
  • Regulatory Initiatives Impacting Biosafety
  • Containment Facility Design, Commissioning, Maintenance and Operation
  • Infectious Diseases Affecting Humans and/or Animals (e.g., Laboratory-Acquired Infections)
  • Engineering Controls/Laboratory Equipment
  • Microbiological techniques (e.g., Disinfection, Decontamination and Sterilization)
  • Biological Risk Assessment
  • Applied Biosafety Research
  • Safety Training
  • Other: (This category applies to a presentation or poster that may not fit in any of the categories listed above). 

The Call for Abstracts is an open invitation to both professional and students to submit an abstract for consideration for Papers and Poster Presentations addressing topics within these categories; other topics may be considered.  Specific instructions for submitting abstracts are attached.  This document also is available on the internet here.


Please submit your abstract before April 12, 2014 by electronic mail to Mark Tartaglia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.