Policy & Partnership
The implementation of policies related to CBRNe represents a complex and ambitious challenge as they involve a wide variety of players whereas each Member State often follows specific national approaches (national action plans) for dealing with crises and are also differently organised in terms of disaster risk management capabilities.
With regards to CBRN-E, the key EU policies are represented by the CBRN Action Plan (DG HOME), the EU Action Plan on Enhancing the Security of Explosives, and the Regulation 98/2013 on the Marketing and Use of Explosives Precursors.
Other EU policies include CBRN, for instance in the sectors of Civil Protection and Consumer Health Protection, as well as Energy Infrastructure and Transport Networks (DGs ENER and MOVE), Customs (DG TAXUD), Environment and Industrial Risks (DG ENV) and International Cooperation, e.g. EU CBRN Centres of Excellence (DG INTPA - ex-DG DEVCO).
Complementary to EU policies, international policies are also active in Disaster Risk and Crisis Management. In the case of CBRN-E, various conventions exist, namely the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, the Chemical Weapon Convention (CWC verification by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW), the Biological and Toxin Weapon Convention (BTWC without control mechanisms), and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA).
In the field of Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Risk Reduction has been the core action line of the United Nations Hyogo Framework for Action on how to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters, now continued by the Sendai Framework for Action setting priorities for the 2015-2025 period, among which the promotion of a better understanding of disaster risk management through the building, sharing and development of knowledge and the strengthening of the policy-science interface at local, national, regional and global levels.
ISA is highly engaged at the EU level on policy development and policy implementation, by interacting with key policy-makers from multiple Directorate Generals and representatives from the member states.
M. Alexandre Custaud, Founder and CEO at ISA, is also acting as Vice-Chairman of IMG-S TA6 (Integrated Mission Group for Security Technical Area 6 CBRNe) which represents 54 members from 40 organisations and 17 countries. The "TA6" is composed of RTO (Research & Technology Organizations), and Industry (SMEs and large Groups) across the European Union. The TA6 mission is to raise awareness and to engage a dialogue with International and EU institutions about the latest technological developments to better prevent and respond to the CBRNe threats. The TA6 role is therefore to shape the CBRNe market and participate in improving INT and EU policies.
Policy & Partnership projects
IMG-S TA6 CBRNe Integrated Mission Group for Security – Technical Area 6 – CBRNe