GBAC - Global Biorisk Advisory Council


The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats, and biohazard situations and real-time crises. We offer education, training, certification, response management, and crisis consulting for situations where environments require a much higher level of cleaning, disinfection, and restoration.

GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Explore becoming a member of ISSA to access discounts to GBAC programs and services.

Why Join?

ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its more than 9,300 member organizations with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line

Benefits of Membership

ISSA membership provides unparalleled opportunities:

  • Education, Training and Certification for cleaning industry professionals, from front-line workers to managers, directors and executives.
  • Access numerous operational resources to help HR, Sales, Marketing, and Finance Departments
  • Invitation to ISSA Advocacy platform with legislative updates, and regulatory policies impacting our industry

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What is the Program like?

The GBAC STAR Accreditation Program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building. The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus. 

Successful GBAC STAR facilities are able to demonstrate that correct work practices, procedures and systems are in place to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

There are 20 GBAC STAR Program Elements, each with specific performance and guidance criteria. We recommend reviewing the Readiness Assessment Checklist and the Recommendations for a Successful Accreditation before starting the application process.

The GBAC STAR Accreditation Program is based on quality management system principles and is similar in approach to other relevant industry programs like ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and ISO 35001.

What Are the Benefits of Being a GBAC STAR Accredited Facility?

The GBAC STAR Accreditation Program provides third-party validation that your facility meets a higher level of cleanliness and safety.