PAST PROJECTS

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Formation par les outils des technologies de l’information et de la communication aux bonnes pratiques internationales laboratoire

Main fields of activity

The project envisages an exchange of researchers – once a year for three years – between the two involved institutions of the two partner countries. The exchanges will be the occasion for the experts involved in the project to elaborate tailored teaching materials to be adopted in future trainings for laboratory personnel. The scientific content of the training will be jointly built by two teams of experts in medical bacteriology (one in Algeria and one in Italy).

Geographical Scope

North Africa

Learn more on Italy-Algeria Bilatera Protocol here.

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CBRN CoE Project 6 Knowledge development and transfer of best practice on chemical and biological waste management

Main fields of activity

1. Production of guidance material 
– Compilation of international requirements and guidelines for the safe and secure management of chemical and biological waste into a comprehensive manual on chemical and biological waste management. 
– Collection, analysis and identification by international and national experts of transferable best practice on procedures for the safe and secure management of chemical and/or biological waste. 
2. Development of awareness raising materials and training modules 
– Development awareness raising materials for laboratory staff on the potential risks of CB waste. 
– Training material for waste management practitioners (laboratory support staff). 
3. Implementation of training modules 
– Identification and selection of national experts from countries in the region to create an Expert Team to share lessons learnt and best practices on procedures for the safe and secure management of chemical and/or biological waste. 
– Implementation of training/mentoring services at national level to train the national experts of the Expert Team addressing the legal and the technical aspects of the management of chemical and biological waste. 
4. Other activities – Testing of events in the participating countries to ensure that best practice have been transferred to relevant national agencies. 
– Organisation of workshops with Expert Teams of other regions.

Geographical Scope

South East Asia

Learn more on Project 6 here.

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CBRN CoE Project 3 Knowledge Development And Transfer Of Best Practice On Bio-Safety/Bio-Security/Bio-Risk Management

Main fields of activity

Project 3 in the SEA region envisages the participation of 16 qualified and selected National Experts (NEs) from 8 South East Asian countries, who follow an E-learning Training throughout the duration of the Project (December 2013 – March 2015) along with two In-presence Intensive Courses on bio-safety, bio-security, bio-risk management and transfer of best practices. The first In-presence Intensive Course took place in Como (Italy) from the 3rd to the 7th of March 2014, while the second In-presence Course will be held in Milan (Italy) form the 22nd to the 26th of September. Following the In-presence phase, a final stage will begin, namely the one in which National Experts will become trainers in their countries.

Furthermore due to its national reference BSL4 facility, CLIMBIV also holds a role of Technical Body delivering the Bio-Risk Management Module (Module 3) to Nes coming from areas other than SEA and hosting National Experts from all countries involved in Milan in the occasion of the Second In-presence Course and Training.

Geographical Scope

International (African Atlantic Façade, North Africa, South East Asia, South East Europe, the Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine).

Learn more on Project 3 here.

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EU/UNICRI Project C4 Biosafety and Biosecurity Risk Management for Georgia

Main fields of activity

The project aims to achieve this by preparing of about 60 specialist selected from a variety of institutions, who will undergo training in biosafety and biosecurity on the basis of National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) and by its training program. The training program will be developed based on adoption of existing training materials and by considering of risk assessment analysis. In the first stage there will be determined all the gaps and inaccuracies identified during risk assessment conducted in the selected institutes working and handling the biologically hazardous materials. The obtained results allow us to focus on what aspects need to pay attention while developing the training materials, to determine which training model and design will be appropriate to develop, how to divide the target groups’ by considering of their needs.
With the aim to strengthen professional capacity in the field of biosafety, 8 specialists from laboratory network will be sent to the leading European universities, who will be formed as biosafety officers. These specialists will serve as trainers in the training activities planned in Georgia at the next stage in order to share their knowledge to other colleagues. This interaction will increase the overall awareness among medical and veterinary staff. Training workshops will be held at NCDC, where the selected candidates from those institutes, where initial risk assessment was conducted will participate. The training sessions will include a theoretical and practical materials, scenarios on decontamination of biologically hazardous materials and initial response actions to the operating procedures;
Final accord of the projects is to arrange a broad public discussion between the beneficial institutes (management, trained staff), governmental officials from medical and veterinary field and all interested parties to discuss challenged in biosafety/biosecurity legislation and introduce recommendations considering the risk assessment analysis.

Geographical Scope

South East and East Europe

Learn more on Project C4 here.

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Capacity building and raising awareness for identifying and responding to threats from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials in Sub Saharan African countries

Main fields of activity
1. Map, identify stakeholders involved in this issue (policy makers and implementers) building upon ESF missions carried out in 2010-2011.
2. Organize a regional seminar aimed at gathering the policy makers and implementers of the administrations/agencies involved in the response to illicit trafficking of CBRN materials. They would receive basic information and knowledge on:
– Chemical materials, prevention and protection measures, international procedures and standards;
– Biological agents and materials, prevention and protection measures, international procedures and standards;
– Radiological and Nuclear materials, prevention and protection measures, international procedures and standards;
– International customs/border procedures and standards.
3. Organize workshops country by country (upon the request of countries). This action will have a larger audience and is aimed at supporting them in the assessment of the national situation in order to be able to develop a National Action Plan and National Response Plan to deal with CBRN threats.
4. Evaluate the results of the project by means of interviews to the National coordinator of each country, to improve further actions in the region.

Geographical Scope
ECA Region

Learn more on Project 13 here.

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EU BRN CoE Project 18 International Network of Universities and Institutes for Raising Awareness on Dual-use concerns in Bio-technology

Main fields of activitiey
1. Cooperation through the sharing of international standards and good laboratory practices
2. Development of a sustainable network of universities and research institutes to reinforce a culture of bio-safety and bio-security
3. Awareness raising on dual-use concerns in bio-technology among researchers, scientists, academics technicians and students
4. Exchange of information, dissemination of knowledge, transfer of best practice and design of joint initiatives.

Geographical Scope
International

Learn more on Project 18 here.

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EU CBRN CoE Project 7 Guidelines, procedures and standardisation on bio-safety/bio-security

Main fields of activity
1. Identification of all potential stakeholders and sources of legislation/procedures/standards at thenational level (Ministry of Health, Min. of Justice, Min. of Interior, Min. of Defence, Min. of Foreign Affairs).
2. Assessment of the legislation and standards in place, especially those that deal with laboratory management systems and biosafety and biosecurity procedures.
3. Setting of recommendations in order to follow-up with concrete actions.
4. Assisting partner country/ies in elaborating tailored laws/regulations and standards, in partnership with relevant international organizations.

Geographical Scope
South East Asia, South East Europe, Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine 

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EU PILOT PROJECT 253485 – Sharing experience between EU and South East Asian countries on the reinforcement of legislations and regulations in the field of biosafety and biosecurity, as well as relevant laboratories management systems through Regional Centres of Excellence

Main fields of activity
a. Sharing a common understanding between European Union and Asian countries on the main Biosecurity and Biosafety concepts
b. Assessment and inventory of international and national (participating countries) legislations, regulations and standards
c. review existing policies on laboratory biotechnology, laboratory biosafety and laboratory biosecurity

Geographical Scope
South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines)

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EU Commission Europaid/128284/C/SER/multi – Instrument for Stability Expert Support Facility Framework Contract Lot 1 – Prevention of illicit trafficking and deceptive financial practices.

Main fields of activity
a. Illicit financing of proliferation activities
b. Strengthening the capacity of relevant authorities involved in combating illicit trafficking and illicit financing
c. Illicit trafficking of CBRN materials, including high seas
d. Export control of dual use items

Geographical Scope
International (Middle East, North Africa, Eastern and Central Africa, East Europe and Caucasus)

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EU Commission Europaid/128284/C/SER/multi – Instrument for Stability Expert Support Facility Framework Contract Lot 2 – Support for Biosafety and Biosecurity

Main fields of activity
a. Assessment of safety and security aspects related to the infrastructure, design, operations and
management of biolabs
b. Coordination and exchange of technical expertise with key international organizations (WHO,
Interpol, etc.)

Geographical Scope
International (Middle East, North Africa, Eastern and Central Africa, East Europe and Caucasus)

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EU Commission Europaid/128284/C/SER/multi – Instrument for Stability Expert Support Facility Framework Contract Lot 3 – Redirection of former weapons scientists and engineers.

Main fields of activity
Study and identification of alternative redirection methodologies in regions of interest.

Geographical Scope
International (Middle East, North Africa, Eastern and Central Africa, East Europe and Caucasus)

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EU Commission Europaid/128284/C/SER/multi – Instrument for Stability Expert Support Facility Framework Contract Lot 7 – Critical Infrastructure

Main fields of activity
Support for measures to address threats to international transport, energy operations and critical infrastructure, increasing passenger freight traffic and energy distribution with particular regard onmaritime security and safety

Geographical Scope
International (Middle East, North Africa, Eastern and Central Africa, East Europe and Caucasus)

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