The International Biosecurity and Prevention Forum (IBPF) is a United States Government initiative managed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to prevent the misuse of biological agents as weapons of mass destruction. The IBPF is a unique, member-driven initiative that brings together the world’s leading experts from the health and security communities to share experience, expertise, and best practices on key biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention issues. The IBPF is a dynamic international resource comprised of three primary components: 1) A Web Portal that serves as the focal point for information sharing and innovation; 2) Conferences which provide members an opportunity to review and address international biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention progress and identify future priorities and goals; and 3) Training and Exercises that are designed from member-contributed content and allow for the evaluation and refinement of current biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention practices. The IBPF’s security-based perspective, established methodology, and interdisciplinary approach enable diverse biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention organizations to collectively share, develop, exercise, and implement strategies to combat new and emerging intentional biological threats.
History and Goals
Biological terrorism is a growing 21st century threat that requires an unprecedented level of coordination and communication across national boundaries and between all the communities involved in biosecurity. IBPF was created in 2015 to improve the global bioterrorism prevention architecture.
Enhance global biosecurity by sharing member-driven bioterrorism prevention practices.
Forge international collaboration by bringing together the world’s leading biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention experts.
Serve as a single source for relevant, practical, threat-based, and actionable biosecurity information and resources.
The Role of the IBPF in International Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Prevention
The IBPF is primarily focused on the nefarious use of biological agents as weapons of mass destruction. Recognizing the distinctive nature of biological threats, the IBPF employs a unique security- and threat-based perspective making its validated information and resources relevant and actionable on a global scale. Its interdisciplinary approach enables diverse biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention organizations/agencies (e.g., law enforcement, public health, academic research, private industry, etc.) to collectively share, develop, exercise, and implement strategies to combat the nefarious use of biological agents. The IBPF strengthens international cooperation by creating opportunities for countries from all regions of the world to engage and develop innovative solutions for this global challenge.
The IBPF is a member-driven initiative. The active participation of international partners is key to the IBPF’s success and will enable it to become the leading international biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention resource. Through international collaboration, members will be able to evaluate and refine current biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention practices. The IBPF offers opportunities for nations with both developed and developing biosecurity capabilities. Countries with robust measures will utilize the IBPF to refine their posture and identify areas and methods to improve their capabilities and properly realign resources, while organizations with nascent capabilities will use the IBPF to develop and strengthen their prevention and response measures. The IBPF’s member-driven structure provides a unique platform where professionals can work together in order to improve the global bioterrorism prevention architecture.
IBPF welcomes groups that have a role in biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention and response in fulfillment of the IBPF mission.
The IBPF consists of three primary components:
The IBPF Web Portal is the foundation of the Forum and allows the professional international community to easily access security-related biological threat information and resources, while providing a venue for collaboration. The Portal will be a practitioner network, enhancing existing international cooperation while building new public-private partnerships among governments and international organizations. It will also serve as a repository for key relevant resources from government, academia, industry, food and agriculture, first responders and military experts. The Portal provides biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention and response information to enhance knowledge and procedures for all prevention professionals.
IBPF Conferences bring together leading interdisciplinary experts from around the world and highlight the importance of bioterrorism prevention collaboration. Conferences allow members to review and address international biosecurity and bioterrorism preparedness progress and identify future priorities and goals. Planned programming for the conferences includes member-driven case studies, scientific presentations, and policy development discussions. Because the IBPF is a living and evolving initiative, member input regarding the growth and direction of the IBPF, and Web Portal functionality, will be an important component of the conferences. These events may also support other international nonproliferation or health security activities.
Training and Exercises
IBPF Training and Exercises are developed to evaluate and refine current biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention practices. These activities will be tailored for specific national or regional objectives. Topics of focus may include disease surveillance, prevention measures, threat assessment, intelligence strategies, consequence management, investigations, and emerging technologies. Expertly designed discussion-based exercises will allow participants to tackle some of the most difficult prevention challenges by exploring innovating solutions, while facilitating capacity- and cooperation-building in specific areas with developing biosecurity capabilities. Through the training, exercise, and improvement process, members refine and adopt appropriate practices to address their specific biosecurity and bioterrorism prevention issues.