In the period from 23 to 24. March  2015 in Queens Hotel in Skopje was held first workshop in the Republic of Macedonia on “Development of knowledge and transfer of best practices for bio-security / bio-safety / bio-risk and management.”

The workshop was organized by the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Macedonia, as a direct party to the agreement on cooperation with the University of Insubria – Insubria Center for International Security of Italy, and Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Skopje.

The implementation of the workshop is part of an international project organized by the European Union Center for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence (EU CBRN), Inter-regional Institute for federally funded research on Crime and Justice of the United Nations (UNICRI), General Directorate for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The initiative to implement this workshop, particularly important and first of its kind in the country – is from the National Coordination Authority for CBRN at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The initial goal is to facilitate the Regional cooperation and strengthen CBRN policies and capacities in countries-candidates for European Union.

Objectives of the workshop were:

  • Transmission of international knowledge and practices for biosafety, biosecurity and bio-risk management in Macedonia
  • Review the equipment and organization of laboratories for safe and secure management of biological agents
  • Raising awareness of the importance of biosafety, biosecurity and biorisk management
  • Training of laboratory experts for biosecurity and biosafety

At the workshop were invited representatives from eight different institutions: Institute of Public Health; Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine; Institute of Child Lung Disease-Kozle; Institute of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine in Skopje; Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile conditions, Faculty of Medicine in Skopje; Military Medical Center; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Ministry of Interior Affairs. The representatives were with different expertise – Human Virology, human Bacteriology, human biochemistry, animal microbiology, microbiological testing of food and water, forensic laboratory, but they were actively involved in discussions and exchange of experiences.

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The presenters were Prim Dr. Golubinka Boshevska, MSC Institute of Public Health and Dr. Kiril  Mihajlov from the Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine Skopje, as well as educated trainers from the University of Insubria – Insubria Center for International Security of Italy for biosafety, biosecurity and management biorisk.