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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

PROJECT 102: Provision of specialised equipment to the EU CBRN COE Partner Countries in Africa


The overall scope of the CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative is to strengthen the long-term national and regional capabilities of competent authorities and administrative infrastructures and develop a durable cooperation legacy in the fight against the CBRN threats. Lack of detection, analytical equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are limiting factors in preparedness and response to CBRN events which can lead to loss of lives and destruction of the environment, which in turn lead to economic disruption. Since CBRN events are not necessarily accidental, non-state actors can take advantage of a country’s lack of capacity to detect chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, to cause mass casualties.

Overall objective

To contribute to addressing trans-regional threats to peace, international security, and stability, through enhancing CBRN risk detection and mitigation.

Specific objective

To provide support to the EU CBRN CoE Initiative in the procurement, delivery, and installation of specialised equipment dedicated to CBRN preparedness and response to partner countries in East and Central Africa. Selected equipment to support training exercises will also be delivered to CBRN CoE partner countries in North and West Africa.


Inception phase (9 months)

  1. Determine recipient entities that will receive the proposed CBRN equipment, compilation of the equipment list by entity (including delivery locations).
  2. Develop technical specifications and conduct supply chain research to determine estimated equipment costs, import/export regulations, licensing requirements, and existing capacity in operations and maintenance of equipment in partner countries.

Implementation phase (21 months)

  1. Site installation surveys, site assessment, design and works contracting (if required)
  2. Equipment tendering and contracting, delivery and calibration, handover, operation and maintenance in partner countries.


Project started in January 2024

CBRN areas
  • Bio-safety/bio-security
  • Border control and monitoring
  • Crisis management
  • Denying support for misuse and terrorism
  • First response
  • Illicit trafficking
  • Import/export control
  • Investigation and prosecution
  • Legal framework
  • Post incident recovery
  • Protection of material/facilities
  • Public and infrastructure protection
  • Public health impact mitigation
  • Safeguarding information diffusion
  • Safety and security
  • Transit and trans-shipment control
  • Waste management
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Radiological
  • Nuclear
CoE Region
  • ECA - Eastern and Central Africa
21 FEBRUARY 2024
Project 102 Factsheet



United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute



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.