Work Package 1 – in the project “Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries (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.
As part of Work Package 1, VERTIC’s Key Expert, Mr Scott Spence, and non- Key Expert, Dr Sonia Drobysz, have been responsible for developing legislation survey and matrix templates to assess how the project countries are implementing the international requirements of the IHR and Codex Alimentarius into their national legislation. The IHR legislation survey template, with 181 data points, has been undergoing peer review including by the project countries after translation into Dari, Mongolian and Russian. Once their feedback is received by the end of August and incorporated into the survey template, VERTIC and the project countries will commence analyses in late 2017 and into 2018 of how the IHR are incorporated into their national legal frameworks, towards the objective of “One Health”.
VERTIC has also received feedback from an external food safety legislation expert on the Codex Alimentarius legislation matrix, which has 108 data points. It is now ready for peer review by the project countries after translation into Dari, Mongolian and Russian. Once their feedback is received by the end of September and incorporated into the matrix template, VERTIC and the project countries will commence analyses in late 2017 and into 2018 of how the Codex is incorporated into their national legal frameworks, towards the objective of “One Health”. As part of this process, Dr Drobysz and Mr Spence observed the 40th Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Geneva during 17-18 July, and Dr Drobysz attended a side-event on a FAO/WHO Food Control System Assessment Tool on 18 July.