TRUST advisor, Dr Johannes Rath argues that the development and implementation of accepted international frameworks in biosafety and biosecurity are urgently needed to create the necessary trust among stakeholders and limit negative impacts on global research. In “International Best Practices regarding Biosafety and Biosecurity” he also explains that the high costs of engineering controls and personal protective equipment in high risk biosafety environments precludes low-income countries from implementing such controls. Patchy and national security centred biosecurity risk management frameworks, he notes, pose serious risks to the exchange of materials, technologies and information in international research activities.

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