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ICCA Partners with ISSA and GBAC to Enhance Commitment to Safe Events

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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has formed a partnership with ICCA to bring essential business reopening resources to ICCA members. ICCA’s members include venues, convention and visitors bureaus and Tourism Boards, airlines, and other event-related organisations. 
As part of the agreement, ICCA promotes GBAC programmes that help venues and cleaning professionals better prepare for, respond to, and recover from biorisk situations.

What is the GBAC Star Facility accreditation?

GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. The programme helps public and commercial facilities establish and maintain a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention programme to minimise risks associated with infectious agents and biohazards.
GBAC STAR™ is a performance-based programme that is based on quality management system principles like those of ISO 9001. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities—especially in the wake of COVID-19 as facilities seek guidance on reopening safely and confidently.  

What does GBAC STAR™ accreditation mean for Meeting Planners

  • Meeting planners should seek out hotels and meeting spaces that are GBAC STAR™-accredited; look for the GBAC STAR™ seal and search the growing accredited facility listings and directory (launching late August 2020) at
  • More than 3,000 facilities in 66+ countries are currently seeking GBAC STAR™ accreditation for their facilities (as of August 6, 2020).
  • Meeting planners should specify GBAC STAR™ accreditation in their RFPs to reinforce their priority and value of meeting participants’ health and safety.
  • A growing number of DMOs have already committed to GBAC STAR™ accreditation for their areas’ transportation hubs, hotels, restaurants, public venues, and more.

To learn more about GBAC STAR™, please visit

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