Fact Sheet: The Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) - Iraq

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The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) focuses on biological agents and seeks to enhance clinical, laboratory, and epidemiological safety and security by providing education and training, particularly on especially dangerous pathogens. CBEP also considers member obligations under the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations, which are designed to enhance national, regional, and global public health security and require State Parties to have or develop minimum core public health capacities to detect, assess, notify, and respond to public health threats.

This fact sheet describes key accomplishments of the project, including reviewing and updating of biorisk laboratory operations' standard operating procedures; preparing biological security measures and safety standards to distribute to relevant health institutions; performing rapid laboratory improvements, including to equipment; and in training programs to improve BS&S capacity among public health and veterinary laboratory workers.

Publication Date 
March 2016
Resource Type 
Fact Sheets
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