DTRA Sponsors Bio Safety and Security Workshop

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DTRA Sponsors Bio Safety and Security Workshop

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) held a Biosecurity workshop on December 8, 2014 in Yerevan, Armenia.

Representatives from the Armenian National Security Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations collaborated to generate requirements to mitigate threats to the animal and human health disease surveillance laboratories and facilities in Armenia.

The purpose of the workshop was to identify and discuss components and requirements of a Biosecurity system. There were discussion-based exercises on how to implement and integrate requirements into a Biosecurity system.

This workshop is just one of a number of activities sponsored by the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program to assist the Government of Armenia to plan, exercise, and implement Biosafety and Biosecurity practices compliant with international norms and guidelines.  Strengthening the Armenian Biosafety and Biosecurity program complements multiple efforts by the United States Government to build Armenian capacity to manage their human and animal surveillance system.