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Intersessional Work

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The Seventh Review Conference decided that the topic of strengthening national implementation will be one of three standing agenda items to be addressed annually at both the Meeting of Experts and Meeting of States Parties during the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. As such, discussion topics include:

  • A range of specific measures for the full and comprehensive implementation of the Convention, especially Articles III and IV
  • Ways and means to enhance national implementation by sharing best practices and experiences, including the voluntary exchange of information among States Parties on their national implementation, enforcement of national legislation, strengthening of national institutions and coordination among national law enforcement institutions
  • Regional and sub-regional cooperation that can assist national implementation of the Convention
  • National, regional and international measures to improve laboratory biosafety and security of pathogens and toxins

Following the 2012 Meeting of Experts, the Chair prepared a synthesis document to assist with the identification of common understandings during the 2012 Meeting of States Parties. On the topic of Implementation, the document identifies:

Ways and means to enhance national implementation by sharing best practices and experiences, enforcing national legislation, strengthening national institutions and coordination among national law enforcement institutions, including by:

    • Continuously updating national implementation legislation, regulations and other measures to meet the new challenges raised by recent developments in science and technology;
    • Sharing best practices and lessons learned among States Parties, especially in the areas of biosafety and biosecurity;
    • Managing, coordinating, enforcing and regularly reviewing measures to ensure their effectiveness;
    • Addressing variations in levels of implementation among States Parties, due to different national circumstances and legal and constitutional processes;
    • Building capacity through international cooperation and assistance to enhance capabilities for the full implementation of the Convention; and
    • Establishing a legally-binding instrument to strengthen the comprehensive implementation of the Convention

A range of specific measures for the full and comprehensive implementation of the Convention, especially Articles III and IV, including:
    • Comprehensive control systems, consistent with the highest international standards and best practice, to control the sampling, collection, transport, import and export of pathogens and toxins;
    • Making more use of experts outside of government, including specialized actors from civil society;
    • Enhancing coordination and international cooperation between national regulators and scientific institutions to ensure greater compatibility of biosafety and biosecurity regimes;
    • Increasing awareness of biosecurity issues, conducting relevant training to prevent biosecurity incidents and raising barriers to prevent the theft of relevant materials from laboratories;
    • Ensuring active outreach and engagement between scientific and security communities to mitigate and diminish biosecurity risks;
    • Promoting biosafety and biosecurity as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility for private institutions and companies; and
    • Conducting different types of national inspections at laboratories and containment facilities to determine specific biosafety and biosecurity risks.

Regional and sub-regional cooperation that can assist national implementation of the Convention, by:
    • Promoting awareness about the implementation of the Convention;
    • Strengthening regional discussions on the intersessional topics and their application; and
    • Supporting key regional actors in defining needs and requirements for national implementation.


The synthesis document was based upon the contributions made during the Meeting of Experts and reflected in the Report of that meeting.

For further information, please see the Meetings and Documents section.