“Mobile laboratories have proven to be very efficient for the diagnosis of highly dangerous pathogens as well as for training health workers,” stated Dr Eyüp Turmus, NATO SPS Advisor and Programme Manager. In Morocco and Tunisia, an ongoing SPS project is developing mobile analytical laboratories that will improve response capacity by including the COVID-19 agent in their library of detectable pathogens. Similarly, in the Republic of Moldova, a mobile biological laboratory will boost surveillance capability, early detection and rapid response to infectious biological agents, and may prove very useful in the fight against the pandemic”.

The Moldovan BSL3 laboratory was designed and developed by the Spanish Company IBATECH and financed by the NATO NSPA agency. The purpose of this laboratory was the detection of anthrax spores in potentially contaminated terrains, featuring the capacity of maintaining the occupational safety and health of the deployed staff against microorganisms level-3 risk group, or for high group-2 concentrations.

DIMLAB is an on-going project, leader by ADELFAS, this project proposes to design and build a chemical & biological laboratory by using the latest advances in nano & bio technology, under the guidance of experienced end users and validation by a reference defence laboratory. The project will focus on developing a working CB turn-key solution and sharing knowledge and experience. This is a joint Spanish, Tunisian and Moroccan initiative involving young scientists in academia guided by CBRN experienced end users.

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