The Project 53

EU CBRN CoE Project 53

Project 53 titled ‘Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries’ was conceived and funded within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) risk mitigation Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative. The CoE currently covers 8 regions and 54 partner countries. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.

The objectives of Project 53 are to provide specialized training on bio-safety and bio-security in Central Asian countries and to strengthen the relevant national legal framework. In this respect, it will assist participating countries to realize their international obligations to harmonize national bio-safety and bio-security legal frameworks with the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulation (WHO IHR), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and Codex Alimentarius food safety laws. Furthermore, Project 53 aims to support adjusting local bio-safety and bio-security training to international standards, while stimulating regional cooperation on relevant issues.

The specific objectives of the Project 53 are:

  • Raise awareness and promote collaboration regarding the biosafety, biosecurity, emergency response and incident management issues among the national stakeholders, such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Trade and Economic Development etc. Reduce proliferation risks through the advancement and promotion of safe and responsible conduct in the field of biological sciences.
  • Provide support for strengthening of the national legal systems addressing biosafety and biosecurity, through the provision of legal support in drafting specific documents (e.g. strategies, agreements, protocols, guidelines associated with personnel training, laboratory standardisation, incident response). Reinforce biological non-proliferation principles, practices and instruments through communication with the national legal processes.
  • Build an inventory/catalogue of available facilities, resources, capabilities and capacities in the participating countries to assess existing laboratory quality management and training packages, identify critical training requirements and collaborations during the project, and improve sustainability thereafter.
  • Develop and implement a regional, harmonised and sustainable training system for Biosafety and Biosecurity practitioners. This may include improvements of national curricula and teaching methods in Research Institutes, Universities and other education levels, and, ‘Train the Trainer’ activities using activity based learning and e-learning tools.