RIVM has been designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Preparedness and Response for High Threat Pathogens and Biorisk by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the first WHO Collaborating Centre that combines laboratory preparedness and biorisk. The new WHO Collaborating Centre will assist WHO in building national capacity in member states while ensuring biosafety and biosecurity in biomedical laboratories. At the request of the WHO, it will also provide ad hoc expert advice and technical laboratory support where needed. More information in this news item.