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Sources of information

The few selected links below will allow you to enter a network of valuable information on biosafety:

The WHO laboratory biosafety manual in particular is a helpful reference and a useful guide in countries that have no specific biosafety regulations in place. Another major reference is the international laboratory biorisk management standard.

For any specific search of information or documentation, do not hesitate to contact us.



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A first biosafety training workshop organised in Tunisia

Sfax, February 20-24, 2011

Xibios participated, together with other European experts, to the first biosafety workshop ever organised in Tunisia. This workshop, which took place at the Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax (CBS), was attented by close to 50 scientists and laboratory workers active in the biotechnology sector in Tunisia. It was part of the BioProtech project aiming at increasing the capabilities of the Tunisian academic and private institutions in industrial biotechnology. This project is supported by the "International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology" (ICGEB) as part of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7).

Publication of two articles on biosecurity and dual use issues written by the Xibios partners

London-Brussels, November-December, 2010

Ursula Jenal and Philippe Stroot, respectively associate partner and executive manager at Xibios, were invited to write two articles on the management of biosecurity from an institutional point of view, in preparation of the 7th Review Conference of the Biological Toxin and Weapon Convention (BTWC or BWC) to be held in December in Geneva. The first article, entitled "A new approach: contributing to BWC compliance via biosafety, biosecurit and biorisk management", was published in a special issue of the prestigious Non-Proliferation Review (NPR 18: 3, 545-555). The second one, "Developing biosecurity: addressing the dual-use problem from an institutional perspective", was published in an Egmont Paper, the review of the Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont Paper 52:17-22).

Contribution to the First International Biosafety Conference in Pakistan

Karachi, November 18-19, 2010

Philippe Stroot, General Manager at Xibios, was invited to organise a workshop and give a lecture at the First International Biosafety Conference organised by the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA). The workshop, organised in collaboration with Mrs Dorice Terik, Facility Manager at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, covered the project management and technical issues of the design and construction of biocontainment facilities, which appear as cornerstone for the building of biomedical research and diagostic capacity in Pakistan. The lecture was considering issues and perspectives in the development of effective and sustainable biosafety in laboratories with limited financial resources.

Seminar "The Biological Weapons Convention, biosecurity and the industry"

Brussels, June 20, 2010

The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organises together with the Belgian Biosafety Professionals (BBP) a seminar dedicated to the Biological Weapon Convention, biosecurity and the industry. The seminar will take place on June 20 at the prestigious Egmont Palace, in Brussels. It will gather international speakers as well as representatives of the governments and the industry. More information is available on the Ministry's website.

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