Assist countries in Southeast and Eastern Europe (SEEE)*  and in additional WHO EURO countries to develop their capacity on biosafety and biosecurity indicators in a regional context.

The current project is a Dutch initiative launched within the framework of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. This three-and-a-half year RIVM project was launched in July 2020. 

The project aims to assist countries in Southeast and Eastern Europe (SEEE)*  and in additional WHO EURO countries to develop their capacity on biosafety and biosecurity indicators in a regional context. As countries in this region have already shown commitment to improve their national health security, the project focusses on addressing existing and self-declared biosafety and biosecurity needs, requirements and gaps. RIVM has been active in this region in earlier EU CBRN Chemical Biological Radiology and nuclear (Chemical Biological Radiology and nuclear )  Centres of Excellence projects, in which regional networks were built, and national and regional training exercises delivered. Activities in the current project will be aligned to WHO EURO activities on strengthening laboratory diagnostics for high threat pathogens in this region.

Goals

The overall goals of the project are to support biosecurity prioritized actions in the SEEE region. Informed by national needs, RIVM aims to implement existing biosecurity tools that have been developed by RIVM experts and tools that are recognized by the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR) as crucial to biosecurity capabilities. The project aims to develop and contribute to novel biosecurity tools and resources as seen fit for regional needs. In addition, RIVM aims to support SEEE Countries with national biosecurity assessments, implementation of  International Health Regulation (IHR) biosafety and biosecurity capacities, and support with the implementation of National Inventories of Dangerous Pathogens. To align RIVM activities with ongoing work in the region, RIVM collaborates with regional organizations and experts, international committees and stakeholders already present in the region.

RIVM colleagues involved: Iris Vennis and Saskia Rutjes. 

Funding

This project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the flag of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction