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IFBA Participates in Operation S³OMMET

To better support member countries in ensuring the safety and security of biological materials and emerging technologies, INTERPOL created Operation S3OMMET (The Safe, Secure, Surveillance of Microbiological Material and Emerging Technologies). Raising awareness among law enforcement, public health officials, biosafety professionals and academia in regions where it is most needed is a key goal of the project. Operation S3OMMET constitutes the cornerstone of collaboration between the INTERPOL CBRNE Sub-Directorate, the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) and CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance).

SoMMET Middle East Workshop

To date, a series of Operation S3OMMET workshops have been held in a number of regions including:
- January 12-16, 2014 in Amman, Jordan
- March 10-14, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- June 23-27, 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia

IFBA Joins Stop TB Partnership Global Laboratory Initiative

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The IFBA is pleased to officially join the Stop TB Partnership, a proactive force in global TB control. Established in 2001, and housed by the World Health Organization, the Partnership is a network of organizations working together to realize the common vision of a world free of TB. The IFBA is collaborating with the Global Laboratory Initiative and supporting the implementation of the Global Plan to Stop TB in the areas of biosafety advocacy, sustainable risk-based approaches to biocontainment laboratory infrastructure, biosafety training and capacity building. The IFBA’s Biocontainment Engineering Working Group has worked closely with the Global Laboratory Initiative of the Partnership in the development of a ventilated workstation for AFB Microscopy that is cost-effective and locally sustainable. Click here for a copy of the Stop TB Global Laboratory Initiative factsheet.

WHO Biosafety ManualClick here for a copy of the WHO Tuberculosis Laboratory Biosafety Manual.


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