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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

Project 061(Ifs)*: Sound Management of Chemicals and their Associated Wastes in Southeast Asia (SEACHEM)


A chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) event, irrespective of origin, can cause significant loss of life, and affect public health and the environment. The origin of the risk can be intentional, accidental or natural. As such, the management of chemicals and waste is a core element of international CBRN safety and security agendas. Chemical production, use and disposal continue to increase worldwide. Chemical manufacturing and processing activities are steadily expanding and increasing. Accompanying this is a rising risk of human exposure to, and potential harm from, chemical exposures.

Whilst essential to prominent trade sectors (from farming to factory-based manufacture) and everyday life (household products), chemicals and their waste can be high-risk products that have the potential to be harmful to public health and the environment, whether through accidental cause or criminal action.

Overall objective

To address any outstanding chemical safety and security issues in areas of legislation/regulation, prevention, detection, preparedness and response, as well as to enhance the sound management of chemicals and their wastes, taking emerging chemical issues into account.

Specific objectives

  1. Judicial reinforcement with respect to sound management of chemicals and their wastes;
  2. Enhanced capacity for prevention of chemical incidents including both safety and security aspects;
  3. Enhanced capacity for the region's mobile detection possibilities and chemical testing laboratories;
  4. Measures to enhance the region's preparedness and response capacity to chemical incidents;
  5. Measures to enhance the region's recovery capacity after a chemical incident.


  1. Sharing of best practices;
  2. Chemical risk assessments;
  3. Regional train the trainer system;
  4. National train the trainer courses;
  5. ISO/IEC 17025 training;
  6. Awareness raising sessions;
  7. Workshops and seminars.


  • National 3-day and 5-day SEACHEM courses in 6 countries;
  • National recovery and remediation course in 6 countries;
  • National train-the-trainer course in 6 countries;
  • National laboratory workshops:
    • Around 1100 delegates trained in 2019;
    • Around 450 delegates trained in 2020;
    • Around 100 legal surveys and other legal documents delivered by VERTIC.
  • National responding to chemical incidents workshop in 6 countries;
  • National sound management of chemicals seminar in 6 countries.
CBRN areas
  • Bio-safety/bio-security
  • Crisis management
  • Legal framework
  • Safeguarding information diffusion
  • Safety and security
  • Waste management
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
CoE Region
  • SEA - Southeast Asia
9 APRIL 2024
Project 061 Factsheet



European Commission

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)



Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) (RIVM)


This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.