Biosafety and Export Control Compliance – Regulatory Changes and Potential Overlaps between Compliance Offices within Institutions

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Some biologics at your institution may be regulated under the current Export Control standards. Institutions typically manage the use of biologics in research and teaching through their Institutional Biosafety Committee and related program. Our federal colleague from the Department of Commerce and other panel members will help attendees identify when collaborations between internal oversight offices may benefit the institution’s overall compliance mission.

Program Summary

Biosafety and Export Control Directors and Administrators will discuss the current state of and future changes to regulations governing biosafety and export compliance.  A panel of speakers will highlight specific topics relating to current regulations and potential overlaps with the idea to facilitate needed collaborations within the institution.  Speakers will provide brief presentations followed by attendees having the opportunity to participate in a questions and answers session.  The idea is to give attendees the opportunity to understand the potential impact of the regulatory changes, and identify and apply best practices for the integration of biosafety and export compliance programs.

Date and Time:  August 18, 2020 from 1:30 - 3:00PM Eastern Time

Program Agenda Discussion Points

  1. Export Control Regulations, Biologics - W. Johnson (30 minutes)
  2. Institutional Export Control Programs and Collaboration Opportunities – Q. Johnson (15 minutes)
  3. Institutional Biosafety Compliance Program and Collaboration Opportunities – B. Greer (15 minutes)
  4. Discussions and Question/Answer Session (30 Minutes)


Speaker Biographies


Bill Greer, Assistant Vice President for Research, University of Michigan

Bill graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a degree in Microbiology.  He currently oversees the animal care and use, biosafety, lab safety, controlled substances and autonomous systems research compliance programs.  His previous roles included the Associate Director for Research Compliance, IACUC Vice-Chair, and Biosafety Committee Chair at The Pennsylvania State University, and the production manager and safety director at Intervet, State College, PA (Formally Tri Bio Laboratories). Bill has overseen animal care and biosafety programs for over 30 years. 

In 2005, he organized and held the very first research administrators Best Practice Meeting, which establish a venue for research oversight professionals to informally meet and discuss programmatic concerns.  He continues to facilitate at least five annual Best Practice meetings covering both biosafety and animal care and use programs.  In 2010, he chaired the founding committee for the non-profit education based IACUC Administrators Association (IAA), and continues to serve as the organization’s president and chair of the board of directors.  Since 2007, Bill has served as ad hoc consultant to AAALAC Council where he performs institutional program reviews, assessments, and status determinations.  He served as a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA).  Bill continues to serve as an educator for the IBC and IACUC Administrative communities and has lectures at multiple venues including PRIM&R, AALAS, BTAA, and C3, as well as facilitates IBC and IACUC Best Practice Meetings.

Quinton Johnson, Director Export Control Office, Virginia Commonwealth University

Quinton Johnson is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Quinton began his career in research administration at VCU and is currently the director of VCU’s export and trade sanctions compliance program. Quinton is a member of the Association of University Export Compliance Officers and has presented at several conferences across the country including SRA International. He is experienced in identifying gaps in regulatory compliance in the university setting, creating compliance efficiencies through process improvement, cost-benefit analysis, and systems testing, and improved communication. Before his time at VCU, Quinton taught Business Law at Forsyth Technical Community College, researched policy at George Washington University, and spent time at the law firm Tolin and Elam PLLC.

Wesley Johnson, Bureau of Industry and Security, the U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Wesley Johnson is a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He holds a BS and PhD in marine science and has an extensive background in microbial ecology, molecular microbiology, functional genomics, and metagenomics.  He has served for seven years as a licensing officer and technical subject matter expert for the Chemical and Biological Controls Division of BIS, which implements the Export Administration Regulations for export of dual-use biological and chemical commodities and technologies.  Dr. Johnson also serves as the biological technical expert for the Department of Commerce for the Australia Group multilateral export control regime, with a primary focus on synthetic biology and emerging biotechnologies.

August 18th, 2020 1:30 PM through  3:00 PM
Webinar - This session will be held remotely.
Event Fee(s)
Biosafety Administrators Association Members' Rate $ 0.00
Non-Members' Rate $ 75.00