Although the formal Project 61 closing ceremony concluded on 29th November 2022 there were still three remaining project deliverables to be conducted in Thailand;
A Laboratory Workshop on Chemical Detection Possibilities 1st and 2nd December 2022; delivered by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM);
A National Train the Trainer course between 6th and 7th December and a workshop on ‘The Response to Chemical Incidents’ held on 8th December, both delivered by the International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI). These events trained more than 70 delegates from security, fire and rescue and the military on CBRN response to chemical incidents.
Mr Balazs Maar, the EU CBRN CoE Representative for the SE Asia region closed the event, presenting certificates to the delegates.
Thailand Receives the Final P61 Delivery in the SE Asia Region
P61 Team Move on To Bali for further Training and the Project Closing Event
Between 21st – 25th November 2022, two Regional Train the Trainer courses were held in Bali with delegates travelling from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The first two days on trainer skills were held with all delegates together. The course then split with specific input and training practice provided on ‘Sound Management of Chemicals’, delivered by experts from the International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI), and ‘Recovery and Remediation’ delivered by experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). These two events provided delegates with the skills and experience to prepare and deliver training for their individual countries, ensuring sustainable delivery beyond the life of the P61 project, and provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen the regional network of trainers across South East Asia.
On Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November 2022 the P61 Closing Event was held at the Holiday Inn, Bali Benoa hotel in Bali, Indonesia. The event marked the conclusion of the successful delivery of the EU Funded project - SEACHEM – Sound Management of Chemicals and their Associated Wastes in Southeast Asia (NO IFS/2017/385-130). National Focal Points from across the region were invited to attend, with all implementing partners represented. The opening remarks were provided by Mr. Raditya Eka Permana, Ministry of Industry, National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Indonesia, Mr. Balazs Maar, Regional Cooperation Officer for Southeast Asia (SEA), Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), Stability and Peace – Global and Transregional Threats, and Mr. Rolando Aquino, Alternate Head of the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for SEA, Director of the Operational Readiness Assessment & Compliance Monitoring Service, Anti-Terrorism Council - Program Management Center (ATC-PMC), Office of the Executive Secretary of the Philippines. As well as presentations by the implementing partners, setting out their role in the successful delivery of the project, three of the local support team members (Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines) were also invited to provide the conference with their experience of working with the project team and assisting with the successful delivery of training and workshops as part of the scheduled delivery. Also, in the case of Cambodia, an excellent example of the delivery of self initiated national training was provided by Col. Dr. Chan Sovannary Sat, Deputy Director, Chemical Substance Control Department, National Authority for the Prohibition of Chemical, Nuclear, Biological and Radiological Weapons (NACW), Cambodia.
Following the closing event on 29th November, the final Steering Committee was held with the National Focal Points to confirm the approval and formal closure of Project 61, and a series of bilateral meetings were held at the request of individual NFPs to discuss the ongoing support for development, post project closure.
Final Round of P61 Delivery Commences in Brunei Darussalam
Between 7th and 23rd November 2022 members of the P61 team from SCJS, ISEMI, UKHSA and RIVM delivered a series of training interventions, workshops and seminars, finalising the P61 delivery for Brunei Darussalam.
The itinerary composed of the following events.
7th – 12th November: SEACHEM Course
14th – 15th November: Train the Trainer Course (sensitisation and education campaigns)
14th – 16th November: Chemical Recovery and Remediation course
16th November: Responding to Chemical Incidents Workshop
17th November: Sound Management of Chemicals Seminar
21st – 23rd November: Laboratory Workshop
All events were held at the Defence Academy except for the Laboratory Workshop which was held at Dewan Al-Afiah, Ministry of Health (MOH).
The project is extremely grateful for the support from the Brunei National Focal Point, Haji Mohd Shafie bin Haji Jumatin in facilitating and supporting the successful delivery of the training and workshops.
Return to In Country Training After 2 Years
With the easing of travel restrictions in many parts of the SE Asia region the project team have now recommenced the delivery of in person training with missions in the SEA region being delivered in May 2022 and further delivery planned throughout 2022. The project leader was joined by experts from ISEMI, UKHSA and RIVM to deliver several project activities to delegates from across the region. Full details of the missions can be found in the newsletter attached below.
Chemical Management and Waste Management Best Practice Manual and Legislative Guidelines Published by VERTIC
25th May 2022
P61 implementing partner VERTIC has recently released two publications as part of the EU funded P61 SEACHEM project.
A Manual of Best Practice: A System of Chemicals Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction
"A Manual of Best Practice: A System of Chemicals Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction" has been prepared by VERTIC, together with Project 61's Partner Countries, under Work Package 1 of the project. The manual seeks to identify approaches and best practices in the control of chemicals by analysing regional efforts in both ASEAN and the EU. In particular, it includes a thorough analysis of the EU’s REACH system. On the basis of this analysis, the manual highlights a number of best practices that would be beneficial in establishing a suitable system for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals either at the national or regional level.
Guidelines on legislative means to ensure safe and secure management of hazardous chemical waste
The "Guidelines on legislative means to ensure safe and secure management of hazardous chemical waste" have been prepared by VERTIC, together with Project 61's Partner Countries, under Work Package 1 of the project. The guidelines focus on the safe and secure management of hazardous chemical wastes and aim to be used as a basis for new or improved national directives in Project 61 Partner Countries. More specifically, they focus on the legislative means to strengthen hazardous chemical waste management, while acknowledging that other non-legal measures are needed.
SEACHEM – The EU-funded Project relating to Chemical Safety and Security
Resumes Face to Face Delivery in Southeast Asia
6th May 2022
In the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear
(CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) Initiative, the EU funded project entitled
“Sound management of chemicals and their associated wastes in Southeast Asia – SEACHEM”, which commenced in 2017 is resuming the face-to-face delivery of training, workshops, and conferences across the South East Asia region.
The CBRN CoE Project 61 aims to strengthen relevant national legal frameworks in relation to the sound management of chemicals and chemical waste. Since 2017 the project has worked to enhance each beneficiary country’s capacity for the prevention of chemical incidents, including safety and security aspects. Furthermore, it has endeavoured to develop the region’s capacity for mobile detection possibilities and chemical testing laboratories. Finally, measures to enhance the response capacity to chemical incidents at a regional level along with measures to enhance the region’s recovery capacity after a chemical incident are also being developed.
The CBRN CoE P61 Consortium partners include the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA), previously known as Public Health England (PHE), the international Verification Research, Training, and Information Centre (VERTIC), Slovakia’s International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Netherlands.
In country delivery was suspended in 2020 following the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic. Due to the relaxation of travel restrictions in most parts of the region, throughout May and June 2022 several in country deliveries will now take place utilising a range of expertise provided by the project’s partner organisations. The events include two regional Train the Trainer courses to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Following this a series of training courses and seminars will be held in Manilla, Philippines which includes National SEACHEM training for the Philippines, a Recovery and Remediation course, a workshop on ‘Responding to Chemical Incidents’ and a seminar on the ‘Sound Management of Chemicals’. In total, during this period, over 200 delegates from Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and the Philippines will be engaged with Project 61 delivery activities
Further updates on the progress of the regional interventions will follow.
P61 Regional Train the Trainer SEACHEM Workshops Online for Cambodia and Lao PDR
Conducted between 9th November and 7th December 2021
As part of Work Package 4 of EU CBRN CoE Project 61, online Regional Train the Trainer (TtT) workshops on Sound Management of chemicals and their associated wastes for Cambodia and Lao PDR were conducted between 9th November and 7th December 2021 as first part of TtT for future trainers. Regional TtT SEACHEM workshops were originally intended to be conducted in-person. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the training materials were adapted for remote delivery. The five separate sessions of the workshop were delivered via the Webex platform by International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI) and the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England).
Workshop content was developed for the following topics: Potential chemical threats and hazards, chemical management and chemical risk assessment, Chemical waste and chemical emergencies, Chemical transport, Detection of chemical agents and Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination of chemical agents and Multiagency response to chemical incidents. During every session one main topic was presented by consortium experts and were combined with interactive exercises to test learning and assist delegates to further understand the potential challenges for both Lao PDR and Cambodia. All participants were very engaged and provided their answers, opinions and the Lao PDR and Cambodia country perspective to all interactive activities.
The online format was able to achieve all of the expected objectives of this Regional TTT SEACHEM Workshop. The P61 Regional TTT SEACHEM Workshop in Hanoi in Viet Nam is scheduled for delivery between the 25th and 29th of April 2022.
Regional Train the Trainer Workshops - Lao PDR
27th October 2021
Following the Steering Committee Meeting on the 24th September 2021 a proposed series of remote online deliveries has been agreed to support colleagues in Lao PDR. The proposed schedule is detailed as follows.
09.11.2021 - Module 1 - Potential chemical threats and hazards, chemical management and chemical risk assessment.
16.11.2021 - Module 2 - Chemical Waste & Chemical Emergencies.
23.11.2021 - Module 3 - Chemical Transport.
30.11.2021 - Module 4 - Detection & Personal Protective Equipment.
07.12.2021 - Module 5 - Decontamination & Multiagency Response to Chemical Incidents.
Refresher Training Planning
11th February 2021
Following the success of the first regional 'train the trainer' coordination meeting, plans are well underway to deliver further refresher training. Focussing on personal protective equipment, the input is scheduled for the 25th February at 09:00 CET, 14:30 Myanmar and 15:00 Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.
CBRN CoE Project 61 Train the Trainer coordination meeting
26th November 2020
Project 61 experts held a zoom call with four Partner Countries in order to discuss completion of the Train the Trainer activities.
Delegates from Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam joined a zoom meeting with P61 Team Leader Andrew Proudlove from SCJS in the UK, and Dr Marian Kolencik and Ľuboš Trudič from International Security and Emergency Management Institute in Slovakia.
The meeting included a presentation by Mr Trudic on the P61 SEACHEM TTT objectives, schedule and requirements. There was also a discussion about the National SEACHEM / TTT knowledge refreshment plan, because of delays resulting from COVID-19. This will take place online at the start of 2021, covering detection and decontamination, personal protection equipment and multiagency response to chemical incidents.
Despite disruption as a result of COVID-19, Project 61 is aiming to finish delivery of its training schedule in 2021.