Biosafety and Biosecurity
International Consortium (BBIC)
ICLS began its work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in January 2007 by forging a partnership with the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD). The partnership between ICLS and EAD expanded to include the Kingdom of Morocco’s Ministry of Education, Higher Education, Training and Scientific Research, The Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, and Lebanon’s Ministry of Agriculture.
The partners are working to:
Create regional biosafety and biosecurity networks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region;
Develop a MENA regional biosafety and biosecurity strategy, and
Connect scientists and decision-makers within the region.
The first BBIC conference was held in Abu Dhabi in 2007. Participants examined the range of potential biological threats to which the region is exposed and proposed how these might be mitigated. A Core Group met in Abu Dhabi in 2008 to examine how to develop these strategies and produced a Framework Document entitled ‘Developing Biosafety and Biosecurity Strategies for the MENA Region’. The Framework Document formed the basis of much of the discussion for the next regional conference in Morocco (BBIC 2009.)
Over 100 experts from the region – and other parts of the world – convened in Casablanca in April 2009 to continue work to enhance biological safety and security in the MENA region.
The overall goal of BBIC 2009 was to promote the development of biological safety and security in the Middle East and North Africa. The conference in Casablanca set an objective for the regional participants to adopt a Framework Document as the roadmap for the development of national and regional biosafety and biosecurity strategies in the MENA region, to create a process and infrastructure through which to achieve this and to obtain participants’ commitment to continue the process. BBIC 2009 was hosted by the Moroccan Ministry of Education, Higher Education, Training and Scientific Research together with ICLS. The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi and the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan were co-sponsors. The conference was attended by 104 participants representing 25 countries and seven international organizations.
The Biosafety and Biosecurity International Consortium (BBIC) took another important step forward with the successful conduct of the BBIC 2011 regional conference in Amman, Jordan in collaboration with the Royal Scientific Society and El Hassan Science City from 13 to 15 September 2011. There were nearly 130 participants from 23 countries. In addition to the main conference a biosafety training day was conducted on 12 September as well as a biosafety association development day on 16 September. The conference enjoyed strong support from its Patron HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and from HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan in her role as President of the Royal Scientific Society and Founder of El Hassan Science City.
Click here to read documents from the BBIC conferences.