Why become a member?

Dear Members, Colleagues, Friends and Future Members,

The Council of the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia Inc. (BAA) would like to invite Membership applications from individuals from all fields of Biotherapeutics and related disciplines.

Please extend this invitation to your staff and any other interested colleagues and friends.

Following the recent Special General Meeting of the Australasian Tissue and Biotherapeutics Forum (ATBF), the Council are pleased announce that our application to register the new association name (Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia Inc.), the revised purpose and the Rules of the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia (Inc.) has been accepted by Consumer Affairs Victoria, under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.

The Australasian Tissue and Biotherapeutics Forum Inc. is now the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia (Inc.).

Under the new rules of the association, we are now accepting individual memberships in the categories of Member and Fellow, with discounted Student Membership available for those studying in related fields. Individual members are now also eligible to stand for the BAA Council.

The purposes of the Association are: 

  1. To facilitate the development of scientific and technical knowledge for people working in, studying for or interested in the field of biotherapeutics.
  2. To facilitate the continuing professional development and education of members of the Association, both formally via educational initiatives and informally via relevant suitable means, which may include conferences; magazines, journals and newsletters; websites and other electronic means; and workshops and networking forums.
  3. To act as a collegiate association which promotes knowledge sharing and professional interaction amongst members.
  4. Within the context of knowledge development and sharing, to act as an information conduit between members and regulatory bodies in order to:
  • Foster and promote best practice in the retrieval, preparation, storage and distribution of human biotherapeutic products for purposes of transplantation, diagnosis, teaching and research in Australasia.
  • To foster and promote best practice in the development, preparation/manufacture and distribution of biotherapeutics, including (but not limited to) cellular therapies (e.g. haematopoietic stem cells, mesenchymal stromal cells), scaffolds and breast milk.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to those public authorities responsible for controlling and licensing Tissue Banks and manufacturers of biotherapeutics.

Please refer to the Rules of the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia 2018 for information on membership rights and the association's organisational rules.

More information on membership application is available on the BAA Membership Application Form - 2018. Please note that applications for student membership require evidence of current enrolment and applications for consideration for Fellow status require substantiation against the stated criteria. Confirmation of Fellow status is strictly at the discretion of the Council and applicants shall be advised of the outcome of the Council's deliberation in due course.

Also see: BAA Certificate of Incorporation

Membership of the BAA, which is the peak industry body for the biotherapeutics sector, provides significant benefits such as:

Interaction between member organisations, which enables the exchange of information, provides support to smaller organisations in matters relating to a wide range of issues (particularly those of a regulatory nature), and provides a unified approach for members when engaging with Government agencies.

Access to the BAA Ratified Documents, which provide guidance, and define minimum standards for member organisations. The current ratified documents are:

Donor Questionnaire
Rationale for Donor Questionnaire 2014
Guideline for Serological Testing
Plasma Dilution Worksheet
Tissue Banking Guideline

Access to the BAA Scholarship program, established to support the ongoing education of its members. $10,000 is allocated annually to enable eligible persons to attend national and international conferences or symposia.

Participation with colleagues at various BAA workshops to work through issues affecting the sector.

Industry relevant alerts and updates circulated to members.

AGM, EDUCATION SESSION AND TGA WORKSHOP

BAA Conference 2018, to be held in Sydney 12-13 September 2018. Click here for more information.

Keep an eye on this space!

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