Implementation of the Tianjin Guidelines is a critical component in efforts to improve biosecurity. Implementation is unlikely without major improvement in biosecurity education of life scientists. This paper presents a survey of biosecurity education projects over the last two decades.
Biosecurity education projects occurred from 2005 when codes of conduct discussion began in BTWC meetings. Some biosecurity education projects were reported in detail by States Parties in BTWC meetings. However, few attempts had been made to analyse what had been done within the different projects. This study remedies that gap by use of a systematic questionnaire on biosecurity education projects. The questionnaire had a set of 21 questions, and we received 26 replies from projects around the world. This report is the first to provide such a systematic survey of biosecurity education projects. It provides a review of measures available to improve biological security education globally.
The study provides a first analysis of the diverse biosecurity education resources that have been developed and tested. That knowledge will assist in the development of biosecurity education worldwide.
Keywords: Tianjin Biosecurity Guidelines, Biosecurity education, Survey, Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)
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Article reference: Lijun Shang, Michael Mprah, Indrajitrakuraj Ravi, Malcolm Dando, Key issues in the implementation of the Tianjin Biosecurity Guidelines for Codes of Conduct for Scientists: A survey of biosecurity education projects, Biosafety and Health, Volume 4, Issue 5, 2022, Pages 339-346, ISSN 2590-0536, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bsheal.2022.08.003
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