EU CBRN Centres of Excellence – Project 46
The Final Regional Conference that has been held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, from July 3rd to July 5th 2018, marks the end of the EU CBRN CoE – Project 46.
After three years of work, the EU CBRN CoE – Project 46 is therefore officially over. The project, funded by the European Union, has been led by Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas – FIIAPP, in collaboration with FORMIT (Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Migrazione e Integrazione delle Tecnologie) and CLIMVIB Laboratory of Luigi Sacco University Hospital.
Several countries of South East Asia have been involved, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The purpose of Project 46 was to enhance South East Asia capacities in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety, biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework. In order to achieve this goal, the project has been implemented through different Components and Work Packages, which set the necessary activities and the related objectives. In particular, Component 1 aimed at enhancing the capacities of South-East Asia’s CBRN first responders in the field of crisis management, Component 2 focused on capability assessment and capacity building in biosafety and biosecurity, including bio-risk and waste management, and Component 3 covered the topic of awareness raising regarding CBRN risk mitigation and provided the technical support to strengthen the legal framework.
The Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies (CLIMVIB) has been in charge of the implementation of Component 2 of the project, which included three Work Packages. Work Package 3 aimed at improving CBRN risk mitigation capacities of South East Asia countries through the training of bio-risk experts (Bio-risk Expert Team – BET) and laboratory design and construction experts (Design Expert Team – DET) from the region. The training has enabled these BET and DET to transfer then their knowledge to colleagues in the region. Work Package 4, instead, focused on mapping the existing facilities in the region and evaluating the state of the art, in particular the biosafety and bio-risk management practices and procedures. Lastly, Work Package 5 undertook the training of several national workers in the field of biowaste management in South East Asia, in order to improve their skills and knowledge about the transport of bio-hazardous materials and biological waste management.
The Project 46 has been successfully completed thanks to the dedication and work of all the persons involved. Therefore, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to all the participants, the experts, the project management teams and the National Focal Points. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you and we are glad to have contributed to such a valuable project for South East Asia region.