EU-funded project on bio-safety launched
The September 26-27 meeting was co-organized by the implementer ISTC, the EU Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE) and Afghan governmental partners.
Dr. Noormal, director-general of the Afghanistan National Public Health Institute (ANPHI), Madalinski, EU Delegation representative, and Visser, P53-project manager, opened the meeting.
The P53 project aims to provide specialised training on bio-safety and bio-¬security in Central Asian countries and to strengthen the relevant national legal framework.
A statement from EU said the project would help the participating countries meet their international obligations to harmonise national bio-safety legal frameworks with the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulation (WHO IHR), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and Codex Alimentarius food safety laws.
P53 also aims to assist raising local bio-safety and bio-security training to international standards, while stimulating regional cooperation on relevant issues. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs, Higher Education Interior and other relevant agencies.
The project was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) initiative. The CoE currently covers 8 regions and 54 partner countries.
The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.
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