Biological Arms Control

The Arms Control Agency Biology (ACA B) of Spiez Laboratory is concerned with disarmament, arms control and export control issues of biological weapons and dual use goods as well as implementation of and compliance with the relevant multilateral treaties, such as the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and the export control regime of the Australia Group (AG). A further emphasis of the ACA B is providing expert advice to Swiss delegations in international negotiations and to national authorities entrusted with the implementation of treaties.

The ACA B takes part in negotiations on the BTWC to provide expert advice for its implementation and participates in different initiatives with the goal to improve and comply with the convention. In particular, the ACA B ensures the annual reporting of Switzerland to the BTWC within the framework of the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). The ACA B also takes part in negotiations on the AG and supports national authorities with expert advice in regard to the implementation of and compliance with the different export control regimes (AG, OPCW, WA, MTCR, NSG). The ACA B has already taken part in international UN-led missions engaged in disarmament and arms control (UNO, UNSCOM, UNMOVIC) and will offer its support for similar tasks in the future too.

The ACA B also carries out coordinative tasks relating to biological research at Spiez Laboratory. Now the new biosafety laboratory has become operational, the core area of research and development is being stimulated through increased cooperation with national and international partners. To this end, the ACA B is elaborating the basic research strategy of the biosafety laboratory and has taken on administrative duties such as coordination with research partners , acquisition and management of funds. In addition to reporting annually on the research projects, the ACA B is also academically involved through active participation in the scientific community (publications, presentations, conferences, peer-reviews) and is expanding the existing scientific network further.


Dr. Cédric Invernizzi

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