Biosafety and Biosecurity Action Package

GHSA Action Package Prevent-3


Five-Year Target: A whole-of-government national biosafety and biosecurity1system is in place, ensuring that especially dangerous pathogens2 are identified, held, secured and monitored in a minimal number of facilities according to best practices; biological risk management training and educational outreach are conducted to promote a shared culture of responsibility, reduce dual use risks, mitigate biological proliferation and deliberate use threats, and ensure safe transfer of biological agents; and country-specific biosafety and biosecurity legislation, laboratory licensing, and pathogen control measures are in place as appropriate.

As Measured by: Number of countries who have completed/Completion of a national framework and comprehensive oversight system for pathogen biosafety and biosecurity, strain collections, containment laboratories and monitoring systems that includes identification and storage of national strain collections in a minimal number of facilities.

Desired National Impact: Implementation of a comprehensive, sustainable and legally embedded national oversight program for biosafety and biosecurity, including the safe and secure use, storage, disposal, and containment of pathogens found in laboratories and a minimal number of holdings across the country, including research, diagnostic and biotechnology facilities. A cadre of biological risk management experts possesses the skillset to train others within their respective institutions. Strengthened, sustainable biological risk management best practices are in place using common educational materials. Rapid and culture-free diagnostics are promoted as a facet of biological risk management. The transport of infectious substances will also be taken into account.

Country Commitments to Action Package:

  • Leading countries: Canada, Denmark, Kenya, Peru, Portugal, Spain
  • Contributing countries: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cote d'Ivoire, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States
  • Contributing international organizations: FAO, IAEA, INTERPOL, OIE, WHO


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