The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of Tajikistan, in agreement with the World Health Organization, has decided to establish the official advisory body on International Health Regulations (IHR) of the Government of Tajikistan. The work done to support Tajikistan as part of the legislative work package (WP1) of the European Union funded Project 53 (P53) contributed to this action. This work package was implemented by experts from Tajikistan in close cooperation with the legislative consultants (VERTIC) of the EU Team of Experts.
WP 1 – in the Project 53 titled “Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries (EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 53)” – focuses on assessment and revision of national legislations and best practices in the area of biosafety and biosecurity, and, harmonization with the appropriate international regulations such as International Health Regulations (IHR), Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and Codex Alimentarius including the area of regional emergency response with the aim of coming to a “One Health” system.
The Project 53 was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) Initiative, which 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.
The ISTC, implementer of P53, has funded and managed several hundred projects in Central Asia over the past 20 years. Expertise to implement P53 is provided by a UK-led consortium of international legislative experts (SCJS, VERTIC), and bio-safety and bio-security training experts (PHE, RIVM).