The overall objective of the project was to support the enhancement of bio-risk management at facilities in the beneficiary countries operating with biological agents or toxins, thus significantly minimising the likelihood of incidents occurring. The project aimed to strengthen national capacities for bio-security and bio-safety, the safe and secure handling of biological agents, through the development of a laboratory iso-bank system (the database). The project has facilitated timely and efficient responses for the discovery of biological agents through a database functioning as a linking mechanism between laboratories and hospital information systems. 

Goal of the project

The goal of this project was to jointly assess the Biosafety and Biosecurity in the laboratory environment of the participating countries, and subsequently develop and implement an iso-bank database according to the specific needs of the local research and healthcare institutes

Who were involved

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, lead partner), the Netherlands
Erasmus University, the Netherlands
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the Netherlands


UNCRI15 Software database for ISO banking


On 10 July 2014,  Prof. Haagmans provided a seminar on the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak and management at the University of the Philippines.

RIVM role

The role of RIVM was general coordination of the project, developing training material and supporting development of the software database.