The threat from bioterrorism – the malicious use of bacteria, viruses or biological toxins, to threaten or cause harm to humans, animals or agriculture – is real, with a number of terrorist groups demonstrating an interest and intent to use biological materials as weapons. This threat has triggered a number of member countries to increase their preparedness in areas of biosecurity, biosafety, critical infrastructure countermeasures, risk mitigation and response.

The INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Unit works with law enforcement, health, academia and industry, to tackle this challenging crime and is engaged in a number of projects and activities designed to reduce the threat of a bioterrorism act and establish effective countermeasures as part of a global security strategy.  

At INTERPOL, our aim is to facilitate targeted training and capacity building for law enforcement agencies on how to prevent, prepare and respond to a bioterrorist attack as well as promote inter-agency coordination through a series of resources, information sharing tools and intelligence reports.

Capacity Building and Training

  • Project Bio Secure (Bioterrorism Risks and Controls)
  • Project Oleander (Bioterrorism Table Top Exercise)
  • Project Rhino (Law enforcement response to natural outbreaks in West Africa)

Operational support

We support law enforcement activities in the field, as follows.

  • Project Vector.

International cooperation

INTERPOL plays an active role as an observer at the Meeting of States Parties of Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction (BWC).

  • Global Health Security Agenda

INTERPOL CBRNE Biological Crime Scene Training Video

Basic Biosafety Training

INTERPOL video PPE level C

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