The Mongolian Government’s National Biosafety Committee (NBC) organized two training-workshops on "Biosafety and Biosecurity" for policy experts and decision makers, as part of the European Union funded Project 53 (P53) of the EU CBRN Centers of Excellence Initiative, whose implementation is led by the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC). Further training workshops for decision-makers and laboratory professionals are planned by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of Project 53 in Mongolia in close cooperation with the NBC.
The P53 PIU in cooperation with the NBC organized the training-workshop on "Biosafety and Biosecurity" for government and non-governmental organizations 23 April, 2018. Twenty experts from nine organizations including lawyers from the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, members of the Mongolian Lawyers Community, staff of the Fair Competition and Consumer Protection agency and members of several NGOs were trained and certified. On 27 April, 2018 another training workshop on "Biosafety and biosecurity" for decision makers of the ministries and government agencies was organized. During this second training workshop, thirty two decision makers and experts, from 16 ministries and agencies, were trained and certified, including the Mongolian Government’s Environment, Food and Agricultural Standing Committee, National Security Council, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Road and Transport, and General Police Department, State Central Inspection Agency, Customs Agency, Veterinary and Animal Breeding Agency.
As a Member of the United Nations, Mongolia ratified the ‘Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety’ in 1972 and ratified the Biological Weapons Convention, as an outcome, the Government founded the National Biosafety Committee (NBC). The NBC has been operating under the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism to reduce the risk of biological contingency threats, improve disaster prevention, preparedness, and post-disaster management. It also works to strengthen the national legal environment to address complex issues, and consolidate the capacity of institutions and human resources, as well as tightening controls.
The NBC is working with the CBRN CoE initiative regional project 53 funded by the European Union and implemented by the ISTC, to improve the legal environment for biosafety and biosafety in Mongolia from January 2017.