Iraq Rapid Inactivation of High Consequence Pathogens Workshop

  • When Apr 22, 2024 to Apr 24, 2024 (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where Istanbul, Turkiye
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On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), implementer DOE/SNL will engage Central Veterinary Laboratories (CVL) and Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) from the Government of Iraq (GOI) and Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) who work with high consequence pathogens to develop a long-term sample life cycle management plan through attendance at the "Developing Laboratory Best Practices for Rapid Inactivation of High Consequences Pathogens and Sensitive Equipment  Workshop” in April 2024. DOE/SNL will engage 20 stakeholders from the laboratory sectors/associations in roles of laboratory managers or chiefs.

If nominated, please complete your registration by clicking on "Registration" above. Please submit a copy of your passport by clicking on "Submit Documents" above. 

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Sarah Calcutt at


This training will consist of three Phases.

  • Phase I will consist of virtual sessions with institutions before and after the training event to review their laboratory’s current sample retention practices, decontamination methods and efficacy, discuss cost considerations for sustainability, and work to review and draft standardized standard operation procedures (SOPs) on the destruction and disposal of the laboratory’ pathogen repository and sensitive equipment. 
  • Phase II will consist of a three-day workshop held in April 2024, in Istanbul, Turkey.  Phase II topics will include rapid inactivation/destruction of pathogens and sensitive equipment, the role of material control and accountability in biosecurity, different types of administrative controls with a focus on biorisk management (BRM) documentation, sample inventory system components, the process of effective planning for reaching institutional BRM goals, and finally how to safeguard laboratory pathogens. 
  • Phase III will consist of a virtual session where SNL/GCBS will facilitate Iraqi mentors identified from CVL and CPHL target laboratories in Bagdad and Erbil in conducting a virtual “Regional Rapid Inactivation Best Practices Training” for additional nominated participants from regional animal and public health laboratories to review the final developed practices, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for sample life cycle and rapid inactivation of high consequence pathogens and sensitive equipment management plan.
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