QAP approval process
The approval process for a new Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) in an existing building may take several months or longer (up to 2 years).
Architects and engineers with a proven track record in the design and construction of containment facilities are required if a new facility needs to be constructed. Contact the Biosafety & Biosecurity Office for advice.
- Discuss your plans to apply for a new QAP with your Laboratory Manager (or equivalent).
- In consultation with your Laboratory Manager, contact the Biosafety & Biosecurity Office for advice and to determine if an existing QAP is suitable and available for use.
- If the proposed QAP is to be within an existing building, the Laboratory Manager, in consultation with the University Biosafety & Biosecurity Officer, will arrange for a Third Party Assessor (TPA) to inspect the premises. If the premises pass the inspection, the TPA will issue a Third Party Assessor Assurance Certificate. If not, all non-conformances must be rectified (usually by Facilities Services Division) to achieve a pass.
- In consultation with your Laboratory Manager, prepare the appropriate application and supporting documents:
- The Laboratory Manager will submit the application and supporting documents to DA and the Biosafety & Biosecurity Office.
- All persons who propose to work in the QAP must complete on-line training to become a QAP Accredited Person. Accreditation must be renewed every two years.
- The Laboratory Manager, in consultation with the University Biosafety & Biosecurity Officer, will arrange for DA to inspect the premises and all documentation. DA may then issue an 'Approval for a Place of Quarantine'.
- The Biosafety and Biosecurity Office renews the ‘Approval for a Place of Quarantine’ annually.