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Final training session on laboratory biosafety practices involving 9 experts from North Africa successfully concluded

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Milan, November 28th, 2014 – The Insubria Center on International Security (ICIS) is pleased to announce the positive outcome of the intensive in-presence training session addressed to North African countries (Algeria and Tunisia) in the framework of the Project “Knowledge development and transfer of best practices on bio-safety/bio-security/bio-risk management”, which is part of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE).

The training session was held from November 24th to 28th 2014 and took place, like the two previous ones addressed to South Eastern Europe and South East Asia countries, at the premises of the “Luigi Sacco” University Hospital in Milan, and involved nine experts.

The lectures carried out during the training session aimed to improve the knowledge of participants on Personal Protective Equipment in laboratories and biological risk laboratory management, emphasizing the analysis of Biosafety Level 2, 3 and 4, with their standards and differences.

In order to support theoretical lectures, several practical courses were organized on how to use Personal Protective Equipment and visits to Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2), 3 (BSL 3) and 4 (BSL 4) Laboratories of the Sacco Hospital.

The classification of laboratories is based on different incremental containment standards, proportionate to hazard level of the bio-agents, grouped by international guidelines and manual such as the Laboratory Biosafety Manual (by the World Health Organisation) and the Biosafety in microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention).



These visits aimed to provide experts with a more in depth knowledge on the activities carried out within high containment laboratories. Discussion and regional networking was facilitated during round tables sessions focused on standards, certifications, guidelines and the implementation of the international standards on Laboratory Biorisk Management.

At the end of this five-day intensive course, certificates were issued to experts for having successfully achieved the training goals throughout.

This in-person course served as a pivotal preparatory stage as the next phase of the project will see the National Experts, who have attended the training, using their specialized training to become trainers in their own countries. To support this next phase, the National Experts will be able to use the E-learning Platform, developed within the project, an important tool which ensures project sustainability, to disseminate knowledge and best practices on biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management.

The EU CBRN CoE Initiative is funded by the European Commission and implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC). The European External Action Service is also involved in the follow-up of the initiative. The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level.


For more information:

CBRN Centres of Excellence website:


European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website:



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