ANNOUNCEMENT: Project 53 supports the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence and the Biosafety Association for Central Asia and the Caucasus Conference, 11-15 March 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

EU funded Project 53 (P53) of the EU Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and risk mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE) is supporting the organization of the EU CBRN CoE – BACAC (Biosafety Association for Central Asia and the Caucasus) Conference. The meeting will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 11-15 of March 2019.

The Conference will consist of pre-conference workshops (11 – 12 March), the conference itself (13 – 14 March) and a BACAC membership meeting (15 March). The overall theme of the conference is ‘BACAC: Bridging the Gaps’, with topics covered, such as:


-       Regulatory frameworks

·                Harmonization of national frameworks according to international agreements (BWC, IHR, Codex Alimentarius)

·                Emergency Response Cooperation (Regional and International)

-       International Standards

·                Introduction of the new WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual (4th edition)

·                Dual-use, bio-ethics and expert control issues

-       Regional/International Cooperation

·                Cooperation in biosafety/security training

·                Disease Surveillance (Silk Road Program, EU biolab Network, etc)

This conference will provide a platform for discussions on the regional biosafety and biosecurity issues, and how to improve regional and international cooperation, which is part of the objectives of Project 53.

Delegations from Project 53 partner countries, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, and Republic of Uzbekistan, will participate in the meeting together with the EU Team of Experts, EU officials, UNICRI, ISTC and representatives of international organizations (OSCE, WHO, OiE, FAO, BACAC, US CDC and DTRA) and delegations of other BACAC member countries.

The objective of P53 (, funded by the EU with a budget of 6.5 million Euros, is to provide specialized training on bio-safety and bio-security in Central Asian countries and to strengthen the relevant national legal framework. The project was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE ( initiative. The CoE currently covers 8 regions and 59 partner countries. The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.

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