Second National Training delivered

03 Oct 2019

P61 visited Vientiane, the capital of Laos PDR, at the end of September for the second set of National Training courses. Best practice and specialist knowledge in chemical safety with over 170 Laos nationals from a range of professional backgrounds. Some of these were be trained as trainers in order to spread best practice further around the country, and full simultaneous translation was provided to ensure delegates were able to learn as effectively as possible.

As with other National Training, the workshops included topics such as dealing with chemical decontamination, chemical recovery and remediation, sampling and identification, CBRN terrorism and chemical risk management.

P61 October Newsletter

30 Sep 2019

Written as the P61 National Training starts, this newsletter reviews the latest project developments.

P61 Viet Nam National Training successfully completed

19 Sep 2019

P61 has just completed a series of training courses in Hanoi, sharing best practice and specialist knowledge in chemical safety with over 170 Vietnamese nationals from a range of professional backgrounds. Some of these were trained as trainers in order to spread best practice further around the country.

Delivered by Project 61, within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Risk Mitigation Initiative (CBRN CoE), this training will be replicated in 8 other countries across South East Asia over the next 6 months. Additional laboratory training will also start soon.

The workshops will include issues such as dealing with chemical decontamination, chemical recovery and remediation, sampling and identification, CBRN terrorism and chemical risk management. They were delivered by experts from Public Health England (PHE) and the International Security and Emergency Management Institute in Slovakia (ISEMI).

 

The project is now heading to Laos PDR where the National Training will be replicated.

P61 Laboratory training teams up with CBRN partners in Singapore

21 Jul 2019

Project 61 continued its round of regional training workshops recently, with 16 delegates from 8 Southeast Asian partner countries attending a five-day workshop on sampling, detection, identification and quantification of high-risk chemicals.

The week was formally opened by Ms. Sng Mui Tiang, Director, Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute, DSO National Laboratories of Singapore, and Mr. Balazs Ujvari, Political Officer, Political, Press and Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to Singapore, on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Held in DSO National Laboratories of Singapore, the workshop was designed to improve laboratories standards and techniques, to develop chemical detection abilities, and to help to develop a network of chemical laboratory experts across the participating countries. It was led by expert trainers from National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

The last day of the workshop was held at Agilent Technologies, where delegates had an additional laboratory tour and spent more time with hand held detection equipment. 

The regional workshops are components of the CBRN CoE Project 61, SEACHEM, and will be followed up by national workshops in the near future, with delegates from this course trained up in order to build further capacity in their own countries.

Ir André van Esburg, lead RIVM trainer on the course, commented: ‘We had a very engaged and enthusiastic group of delegates and had a very successful week. I’m extremely grateful to DSO Laboratories for hosting us, and to Agilent Technologies for the lab tour.

P61 Regional Training goes down well in Vientiane

11 Jul 2019

Between the 2nd and 10th July , 80 delegates from 9 Southeast Asian countries attended a series of regional workshops in the Laos Capital, Vientiane, gaining valuable expertise in a range of chemical management issues.

 

Delivered by experts from Public Health England and legal group the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), the workshops covered the following topics: International Legal Frameworks for Chemicals, Cross Border Chemical Incident Management, developing National Chemical Risk Assessments, and National Recovery and Remediation for Chemical Incidents.

The regional workshops are components of the CBRN CoE Project 61, SEACHEM, and will be followed up by national workshops in the near future. The project is implemented in close collaboration with the CBRN CoE National Focal Points of Lao PDR, Mr. Phouthanouthong Xaysombath, Director of the Local and Domestic Cooperation Division, Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ms. Viengsavanh Bouttanavong, Deputy Director of the International Organisations Division at the same department.

Professor Raquel Duarte-Davidson, lead expert at the event said: ‘We were really pleased with the engagement from delegates who were keen to learn and get the most out of these workshops. We’re also grateful for the good feedback we have received, and look forward to continuing this work with the national training workshops which start in the Autumn.’

Covering 10 countries in South East Asia, the purpose of Project 61 is to address any outstanding chemical safety and security issues in areas of legislation/regulation, prevention, detection, preparedness and response. The project will enhance the sound management of chemicals and their wastes, taking emerging chemical issues into account, and sits within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Risk Mitigation Initiative (CBRN CoE).

Project 61 June 2019 Newsletter

16 Jun 2019

After a great deal of preparation, including fact finding visits to all 10 Partner countries, the P61 programme of workshops is about to begin. This newsletter contains an update on upcoming workshops as well as the recent Study Visit to Europe.

To download the full newsletter please click here

Project 61 Steering Committee Meeting

11 Jun 2019

Members of the P61 consortium and National Focal Point representatives from Partner Countries gathered in Brussels on the 11th June to attend the second P61 Steering Committee Meeting.

The meeting started with a presentation from P61 Team Leader Andrew Proudlove, followed by updates from Key Experts about individual Work Packages. After questions and discussion the bilateral meetings were held with each Partner Country to check progress and ensure that the project is being tailored to their needs.

P61 SEACHEM Study Visitors discuss chemical accident response with Czech and Slovak Emergency Response Counterparts

09 Jun 2019

Experts from 9 South East Asian countries visited the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in early June to study chemical accident response management.

They visited the Population Protection Institute in the Czech Republic and heard from experts from the Czech Ministry of the Interior, the Fire and Rescue Service, the National Institute for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection, and the Czech Police CBRN Unit, with demonstrations of key equipment and procedures.

They then spent time with the Slovak Fire Brigade in Malacky, just outside Bratislava in the Slovak Republic, learning more about approaches to coordinating emergency services response to chemical incidents. The visit was organised by the International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI), based in Slovakia, and UK based Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions (SCJS), as part of the EU funded Project 61.

Expert advice such as this is key to the EU funded Project 61, which aims to help 10 countries across Southeast Asia address any outstanding chemical safety and security issues in areas of legislation, regulation, prevention, detection, preparedness and response.

Study Visit delegate, Dr Irma R. Makalinao, from University of the Philippines College of Medicine, said: 'The visit to the Population Protection Institute was well received by all the participants from different backgrounds and expertise in the spectrum of chemical safety and security. The presentation by the fire service, police CBRN protection unit were very helpful. We had a lively and useful discussion and exchanges of views highlighting the fact that, despite the diversity of our backgrounds, one sees a common desire to ensure a world that is safer and more secure from high risk chemicals. We certainly thank the EU Project 61 Consortium for arranging this interesting trip.'

EU CBRN Centres of Excellence – Biosafety Association of Central Asia and the Caucasus CONFERENCE

18 Mar 2019

The European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk-mitigating Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE) and the Biosafety Association of Central Asia and the Caucuses (BACAC) conference “BACAC: Bridging the Gaps” was conducted between the11-15 March 2019, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Over 170 participants took part in the meeting from Central Asia, the Caucuses, Eastern and Western Europe, United States of America, and various international organization (WHO, OIE, IFBA, EBSA, UNICRI, UNOG, ISTC and STCU).

The overall aim of the conference was to support cooperation and coordination at a regional and international level and to stimulate discussions on strengthening policies, capabilities and capacities to mitigate Biosafety and Biosecurity risks.

Adrian Kingswell, Programme Manager from Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions (SCJS), gave a presentation outlining the structure and proposed activities supporting the delivery of Project 61.

Project 61 February 2019 Newletter

28 Feb 2019

Last year was a busy, productive and successful one. Missions, meetings and engagement with national teams in all 10 ASEAN countries have provided a solid platform that has informed future project activity and set the team up nicely for work in 2019 and beyond. Although this newsletter covers the last year, as the project gathers pace and begins to deliver training and awareness-raising across the South East Asia region, future newsletters will be published more often.

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Project 61 First Annual Steering Committee

14 Dec 2018

Friday 14th December 2018 saw our experts and delegates attend the First Annual Steering Committee in Vientiane, Laos. 

Fact Finding Visits to Vietnam and Indonesia

12 Nov 2018

12 - 16 November 2018 our team of experts visited Vietnam and Indonesia to met and establish working relationships with National representatives to discuss each Partner Country’s needs and visit sites of interest in the management of chemicals and chemical waste.

Project Director, Nick Apps, has the pleasure of meeting Head of Regional Secretariat, Major General Danilo SERVANDO (ret.)

09 May 2018

Fact Finding Mission - Thailand and the Philippines

06 May 2018

Bi Annual News Letter

28 Feb 2018

Fact Finding Mission - Myanmar and Cambodia

15 Jan 2018

15th - 19th January our team of experts visit Myanmar and Cambodia.

The second of our Fact-Finding Visits (FFV) is underway. Over the next 7 days, the P61 team of experts will visit Myanmar and Cambodia. During these visits, the team will meet and establish a working relationship with National representatives to discuss each Partner Country’s needs and hopefully visit sites of interest in the management of chemicals and chemical waste.

Fact Finding Visits Commence

20 Nov 2017

The first of our Fact-Finding Visits (FFV) is underway. It will encompass Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore. During these visits, the P61 team of experts will meet and establish a working relationship with National representatives to discuss each Partner Country’s needs and hopefully visit sites of interest in the management of chemicals and chemical waste.

Meeting with CBRN CoE SEA Management Team

08 Nov 2017

Present: Left to Right - Silvia BOTTONE (DEVCO project officer), Robert FRANK (EUDEL Manila), Major General Danilo SERVANDO (ret.) (Head of Regional Secretariat), Gen Ke DA (National Focal Point, Cambodia and Deputy Head of Regional Secretariat). Harro WITTERMANS (regional Secretariat Manila), Andrew PROUDLOVE (Team Leader)

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