Project 53 – Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries

The objectives of CBRN CoE P53 are to strengthen the legal framework and to provide specialized training on bio-safety and bio-security in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The ISTC and winning consortium will work closely with National Focal Points and Technical Experts to deliver the program of work in each country. Implementation of CBRN CoE P53 will support their international commitment to both enact the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) and uphold the United National Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1540.

On 26 August 2016 the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) signed a contract with a consortium, which is led by Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions (SCJS) and includes Public Health England (PHE), VERTIC and Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM).  They will provide expert legislative and biosafety/ biosecurity support to the ISTC during implementation of the EU Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centers of Excellence Initiative Project 53 (CBRN CoE P53) “Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries”.  Work will start in September 2016 and complete by December 2018.

Kick Off Meetings

On 19-20 September 2016 the Kyrgyz national kick-off meeting of a EU-funded project worth 5 million euros was successfully conducted in Bishkek. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Academy of Science and other relevant agencies and ministries.On 19-20 September 2016 the Kyrgyz national kick-off meeting of Project 53 was successfully conducted in Bishkek. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Academy of Science and other relevant agencies and ministries.

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On 22-23 September 2016 the Uzbek national kick-off meeting of Project 53 was successfully conducted in Tashkent. The meeting was attended by representatives of the State Inspection Sanoatgeokontekhnazorat, the Ministry of Health, and other relevant agencies and ministries.

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On 26-27 September 2016 the Afghan national kick-off meeting of Project 53 was successfully conducted in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Interior and other relevant agencies and ministries.

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On 28-29 September 2016 the Tajik national kick-off meeting of Project 53 was successfully conducted in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The meeting was opened by Dr. Sufiev, head of section Licensing and Control of the Agency for Nuclear and Radiation Safety at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Madalinski, EU Delegation representative, and Mr. Visser, P53-project manager, ISTC.