When the first responders or environmental health officials have left the scene and finished their investigation, family members are often left with dealing with an unforgettable mess or contaminated property.  Crime/Trauma/Suicide or infectious disease events happen every day and this is where the unsung heroes of the American Bio Recovery Association can help.  The member companies and certified technicians within ABRA are among the highest trained and regarded in the field of responding and mitigating the unthinkable. ABRA Active Member companies and technicians voluntarily invest in ABRA's peer reviewed third-party certification programs. They are dedicated to being the best at what they do.  With so many companies claiming they are certified, the professionals of ABRA offer the consumer peace of mind knowing that when they search for help on this website, they are getting the best care in the industry.

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Welcome to the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) website. ABRA is the only third party non-profit organization dedicated to the education and certification of technicians and companies in the Bio Recovery Industry. Within this site you will find information on who ABRA is, why we exist, and important information on how to reach an expert or become an expert yourself. 

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What is Bio Recovery?

Bio Recovery is the act of assessing risk, mitigating threats and remediating conditions resulting from the release of biological hazards. This may include crime and trauma mitigation (bloodborne and body fluids)suicide cleanup, outbreak responsezoonotic diseasesfoodborne diseases, public health threats, illicit drugs and clandestine drug labs.     

What are Biological Hazards?

Also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans. This can include medical waste or samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health. It can also include substances harmful to other animals.

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Where do I find Information on Current Outbreaks?

CDC Current Outbreak List

World Health Organization


Contact Us

American Bio Recovery Association
300 New Jersey Avenue NW Suite 900 PMB #9031
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 888-979-2272

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Our mission

ABRA’s objective is “to achieve and maintain the highest levels of competence among members in the performance of their profession. To teach, instill and require the highest technical, ethical and educational standards.” ABRA certified firms are required to maintain proper insurance, OSHA compliance, Bloodborne Pathogen training records, respirator fit testing, proper handling of biohazardous waste and other laws or requirements in order to maintain good standing with the American Bio-Recovery Association aka ABRA.

ABRA's Member companies have the training and knowledge to handle gruesome events such as suicides, shootings, mass-casualties, stabbings, fecal contamination, spoilage, and other emergencies.  ABRA Member companies have also been on the front lines for the decontamination of Anthrax, Norovirus, C. Diff (clostridium difficile), MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph), superbugs, listeria, and many other types of dangerous bacteria and viruses.  We can also help decontaminate facilities impacted by controlled substances such as meth, fentanyl and opioids.