Workshop on  Higher Education and Professional Responsibility      in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology         Across ...
I.       IntroductionThe Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference Process (BBIC) is an Instrument for Stability ...
I.      Introduction (cont.)                      The BBIC Process:     A tool for the development of cooperative actions...
I.     Introduction (cont.) Through: Identify priorities (needs/difficulties/remedies). Assess how to extend assistance...
I.     Introduction (cont.) • The BBIC Process is an independent network with its   own decision-making structures. • It i...
I.     Network Characteristics• The network is best described as track 1½:  participants come from government (e.g. public...
I.     Network Characteristics (cont.)• BBIC is open to connecting with other networks within and  outside the region. For...
I.        Initiation of the Process• The process was initiated at a meeting (BBIC-2007) in  the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...
I.        The Process Continues….• So far, the BBIC process has held three conferences,  the second being in Casablanca/Mo...
I.         The Process Continues….• The Third Biosafety and Biosecurity International  Conference was held at El Hassan Sc...
I.       The Process Continues….•        Development of a BBIC website to enhance the networking         capacity taking a...
I.         Towards BBIC-2013     A.   Development of a national biosafety and biosecurity          strategy for Lebanon.  ...
I.       Towards BBIC-2013 (cont.) A. The RTCs in Jordan and Morocco would assist governments in    performing a technolog...
I.       Towards BBIC-2013 (cont.)• Jordan, represented by the El Hassan Science City, has chosen to  create a RTC primari...
i.      …… In Conclusion• The Biosafety and Biosecurity International  Conference Process in the Middle East and North  Af...
i.     …… In Conclusion• There is no other pan-regional network in this multi-  disciplinary field of endeavor in the MENA...
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Reports on Progress since BBIC-2007 and Preparation for BBIC-2013 [Nisreen AL-Hmoud, President of BBIC 2011, Royal Scientific Society, Jordan]

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Workshop on Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology across the Sub-Mediterranean Region
3-4 April 2012. Palazzo Zorzi, Venice
Session 1. Status - Culture of Safety and Security and Responsible Science

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  • Jordan ’ s National Biosafety Framework (NBF) was finalized in 2004
  • Reports on Progress since BBIC-2007 and Preparation for BBIC-2013 [Nisreen AL-Hmoud, President of BBIC 2011, Royal Scientific Society, Jordan]

    1. 1. Workshop on Higher Education and Professional Responsibility in CBRN Applied Sciences and Technology Across the Sub-Mediterranean RegionReports on Progress since BBIC-2007 and Preparation for BBIC-2013 Nisreen Al-Hmoud Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
    2. 2. I. IntroductionThe Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference Process (BBIC) is an Instrument for Stability and Security of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region in the Biological Field.
    3. 3. I. Introduction (cont.) The BBIC Process: A tool for the development of cooperative actions What is it? Technical and financial assistance For whom? Towards MENA region Mission: to promote the application of the advances in the life sciences and related technologies, appropriate to the priorities of the countries concerned, with particular attention to the safety and security
    4. 4. I. Introduction (cont.) Through: Identify priorities (needs/difficulties/remedies). Assess how to extend assistance in Biosafety and Biosecurity (among MENA countries). Assess possible synergies with existing initiatives. Assess effectiveness of regulatory framework and propose remedial measures in accordance with international best practices (including international awareness raising measures). Assess feasibility and methodology for possible establishment of Regional Training Centers (RTCs).
    5. 5. I. Introduction (cont.) • The BBIC Process is an independent network with its own decision-making structures. • It is governed by a Steering Committee (locally chaired – currently Jordan holds the presidency) and is composed of regional biennial conferences and a set of working groups focusing on human and laboratory capacity building and regulatory and policy aspects of safe and secure exploitation of life science capabilities.
    6. 6. I. Network Characteristics• The network is best described as track 1½: participants come from government (e.g. public health laboratory directors, public security services, environment agencies and agriculture departments), academia, private industry and international governmental and non-governmental institutions.• Country participants are engaged in their personal capacities but are in a position to influence policy and action in their home countries.
    7. 7. I. Network Characteristics (cont.)• BBIC is open to connecting with other networks within and outside the region. For example the Middle East Consortium for Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS).• Also participating are representatives from major international and national institutions such as the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), El Hassan Science City (Jordan), the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (UAE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), Health Protection Agency (UK) and the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA).
    8. 8. I. Initiation of the Process• The process was initiated at a meeting (BBIC-2007) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2007. The conference specifically addressed how the risk spectrum applied to the MENA region, and assessed what actions would be required by the countries of the region to be fully prepared to manage and mitigate risks across the spectrum.
    9. 9. I. The Process Continues….• So far, the BBIC process has held three conferences, the second being in Casablanca/Morocco in April 2009.• BBIC-2009 endorsed a Framework Document for Regional and National Biosafety and Biosecurity Strategies for the MENA countries. • It is a fine example that lays out guidelines that could contribute greatly to the enhancement of health security in the Region.
    10. 10. I. The Process Continues….• The Third Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference was held at El Hassan Science City, Jordan in September 2011.• Following BBIC-2011, key elements of the action over the next two years include: – Working group activities and networking in 2012 and 2013 on human capacity building, physical and legal infrastructure, policy-making and national and regional prevention and preparedness; – The development of Regional Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Centers (RTCS) in Morocco and Jordan;
    11. 11. I. The Process Continues….• Development of a BBIC website to enhance the networking capacity taking advantage of latest developments in social networking capabilities;• Encouraging the development of national biosafety associations and the development of a regional federation of biosafety associations;• Delivery of specialist expertise in biosafety and biosecurity training, laboratory diagnostics and infectious disease surveillance where it is most urgently needed in the region;• Support for activities to develop more funding support from within the region;• Preparation for BBIC-2013, to be held in Lebanon.
    12. 12. I. Towards BBIC-2013 A. Development of a national biosafety and biosecurity strategy for Lebanon. This project is not about building new facilities or buying new equipment. It is about creating policies and strategies to change behaviors and outcomes based on the resources currently available in Lebanon. B. The setting up of Jordan Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity (JABB) is nearly completed. The mission of JABB is to contribute in providing safer work environment for professional and to raise the awareness, knowledge and preparedness of concerned parties in issues related to safety and security .
    13. 13. I. Towards BBIC-2013 (cont.) A. The RTCs in Jordan and Morocco would assist governments in performing a technological survey with regards to biosafety and biosecurity. • The Centers will combine on-site and distance training, theory and practical. • The two RTCs would complement each other; by consequence, the RTCs will be specialized centers. • Morocco, represented by the Regional Observatory for Environment and Sustainable Development in Tangier, will establish a RTC based on the mandates contained in the Casablanca Declaration. It will mainly specialize in biosafety and biosecurity training across the entire biological risk spectrum as adopted by the BBIC Process Steering Committee.
    14. 14. I. Towards BBIC-2013 (cont.)• Jordan, represented by the El Hassan Science City, has chosen to create a RTC primarily for national and regional participants in the field of environmental surveillance (water quality, disease, air).• The Center will promote a culture of awareness, shared sense of responsibility, ethics, and respect of codes of conduct within the national and regional life science community.• The Center will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Ministry of Heath and Ministry of Environment, and all concerned national universities and institutions to effectively execute the National Biosafety Protocol.
    15. 15. i. …… In Conclusion• The Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference Process in the Middle East and North Africa is a network to insure Healthier and more Secure Communities in the Middle East and North Africa.• The approach is a holistic one, one world view of all biological risk across the spectrum of natural, accidental and intentional threats as they pertain to humans, animals, plants and the environment, including water.
    16. 16. i. …… In Conclusion• There is no other pan-regional network in this multi- disciplinary field of endeavor in the MENA region.• In the current turbulent developments throughout the region this project has assumed even more importance than hitherto as a bridge across the most sensitive political boundaries in the region whether in the central Middle East, across the Gulf or within the Maghreb• It is exemplary in encouraging intra-regional collaboration across very sensitive political boundaries. Interest has been expressed to using the BBIC Process as a model for other regions of the world, in particular for Sub-Saharan Africa.
    17. 17. Nisreen Al-Hmoud nisreen@rss.jo

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