The European Biosafety Network was established in 2010 following the adoption of the European Directive on Preventing Sharps Injuries in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings (2010/32/EU) with a commitment to improve the safety of patients and healthcare and non-healthcare workers.

The Network is an inclusive organisation made up of  its founder members, UNISON and the Spanish General Nursing Council, national and European professional institutions, representative associations, unions and other interested parties committed to biological, patient and occupational safety in healthcare throughout the European Union.

The Network promotes and encourages the effective practical and legislative implementation of the Sharps Directive and also the clauses in the MDR which prevent sharps injuries by the use of safety mechanisms by working with key EU stakeholders and international standards bodies and raising awareness, providing guidance, the dissemination of research and information and effective reporting and monitoring.

The EBN also campaigns for the prevention of occupational exposure to hazardous drugs and reprotoxins and the legislative revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive and on the issues relating to vaccination and rapid testing highlighted by the response to COVID-19.  It promotes the safe handling of toxic and dangerous biologic and chemical substances in healthcare settings, including anesthetic gases, and the reduction of medication errors for both patient and healthcare worker safety.

The Network is supported by the following organisations: