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The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

20 December 2012 No. 20

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WHO training on laboratory biorisk management and on shipping of infectious substances

As part of the efforts of WHO to support preparedness in countries, the WHO biorisk management team has held 5 advanced training courses in laboratory biorisk management and on shipping of infections substances from May through December 2012 in the AFRO, EMRO and EURO WHO regions1.

The advanced laboratory biorisk management course introduces the new concept of biorisk management, which combines risk assessment, risk mitigation, and performance systems. It targets professionals in laboratory biosafety, laboratory biosecurity training and education. The 3-day course provides participants with the opportunity to use a robust methodology to identify and control the biosafety and biosecurity risks of bioscience laboratories. It also provides the opportunity to practice using a systematic method of assessment. Upon completion of the course, participants are empowered with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to advise and guide on sustainable biorisk management that will ultimately reduce the threat of infectious disease in local laboratory environments.

The Infectious substances shipping training is a 2-day face to face course to train and certify shippers of infectious substances (IS) against applicable international transport regulations. The course includes different modules that cover an introduction to transport of infectious substances, shipping terms, categorization, Packaging, marking and labeling, documentation and refrigeration. Participants of this course are assessed for acquisition of knowledge through post-test and practicum. An electronic refresher course is being developed. It will be offered to people having successfully completed the face to face course. Since 2008, about 450 persons have been trained from all WHO Regions. The course is recognized by the air transport authority International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as shown on the certificates.

The courses are offered in English, French and Spanish.

For further information:ihrinfo@who.int


114-24 May: WHO Biorisk Management Advanced Trainer Programme (10 days) for 9 participants from MoH of EMRO 7 Member States. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
4-6 June, WHO Biorisk Management Advanced Training Course and Infectious substances shipping training, National level, 21 participants from different sectors of MoH and MoA of Zambia. Lusaka, Zambia.
3-7 September, WHO Biorisk Management Advanced Training Course (3 days) and Infectious substances shipping training (2 days), National level, 24 participants from different sectors of MoH and MoA of Kazakhstan. Almaty, Kazakhstan.
5-9 November, WHO Biorisk Management Advanced Training Course (3 days) and Infectious substances shipping training (2 days), National level, 46 participants from different sectors of MoH and MoA of Morocco. Rabat, Morocco.
3-7 December, WHO Biorisk Management Advanced Training Course (3 days) and Infectious substances shipping training (2 days), National level, 15 participants from different sectors of MoH and MoA of Rwanda. Musanze, Rwanda.

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