Linking Public Health with Law and Multisectoral Rapid Response Action Package

GHSA Action Package Respond 2


Five-Year Target: In the event of a biological event of suspected or confirmed deliberate origin, a country will be able to conduct a rapid, multi-sectoral response, including the capacity to link public health and law enforcement, and to provide and/or request effective and timely international assistance, including to investigate alleged use events.

As Measured by: Evidence of at least 1 response within the previous year that effectively links public health and law enforcement, OR a formal exercise or simulation involving leadership from the country's public health and law enforcement communities.

Desired National Impact: Development and implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or other similar framework outlining roles, responsibilities, and best practices for sharing relevant information between and among appropriate human and animal health, law enforcement, and defense personnel and validation of the MOU through periodic exercises and simulations. In collaboration with FAO, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), OIE, WHO, individual Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention States Parties (and where appropriate the Implementation Support Unit), the United Nations Secretary-General's Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (UNSGM), and other relevant regional and international organizations as appropriate, countries will develop and implement model systems to conduct and support joint criminal and epidemiological investigations in the event of suspected biological incidents of deliberate origin.

Country Commitments to Action Package:

  • Leading countries: Republic of Korea, Peru
  • Contributing countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Portugal, United Kingdom
  • Contributing international organizations: FAO, INTERPOL, OIE, WHO