To promote the full implementation of Article X, the Seventh Review Conference decided to establish a database to facilitate the exchange of requests for, and offers to provide, assistance and cooperation among States Parties. The Conference invited States Parties, individually or together with other states or international organizations, “to submit on a voluntary basis to the Implementation Support Unit any requirements, needs or offers for assistance, including in terms of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information regarding the use of biological and toxin agents for peaceful purposes.”
This database is managed by the Implementation Support Unit (ISU), and it is intended to be used by States Parties to match requests with offers for assistance, and to then make arrangements for collaboration.
The Eighth Review Conference decided to continue the database. The ISU, with inputs provided by States Parties, is currently seeking to improve the database to ensure that it is more user-friendly and comprehensive, and ensure that specific, timely and concrete offers of and requests for cooperation be provided by States Parties in the database.
The full database is available to States Parties in the restricted access area
of the website.
Only the offer part of the database is public: Assistance & Cooperation database: Offers
Examples of offers of assistance include building security and biosecurity capacity, surveillance and detection of diseases, and emergency interventions.
Examples of requests for assistance include establishing best practices and policies for biological risk management, building capacity by participating in training programs, and the transfer of biological equipment for peaceful purposes.
In order for the database to reach its full potential with the aim of comprehensive implementation of Article X, States Parties are encouraged to submit their requests and offers for assistance.