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Biosafety Level 4 Zoonotic Laboratory Network

The Biosafety Level 4 Zoonotic Laboratory Network (BSL4ZNet) is a network of animal and public health organizations from 5 countries. It was established to respond to current and emerging high-consequence bio-threats using a One Health approach, and facilitated by strong international partnerships.

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A coordinated global alliance of high-containment laboratories that optimizes collaboration and knowledge exchange to protect human health, animal health and agriculture resources.






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The network communicates regularly, hosts learning events, conducts surveys, and shares best practices, templates, contracts and protocols. Its steering committee and working groups are organized under the following pillars:

Working groups: objectives and outcomes
Working groups Objectives Outcomes
Training world-class personnel

To strengthen training of biosafety level 4 laboratory personnel by identifying and creating training opportunities.

To build capacity and promote scientific collaboration within the Network through strategic personnel exchanges.

Highly trained, collaborative workforce able to respond to emerging pressures.

Scientific excellence

To promote scientific collaboration and learning within the network.

Enhanced diagnostic capabilities, scientific collaborations and collective advice for decision-makers.

Institutional cooperation

To promote institutional cooperation and sharing of knowledge within the network.

Efficient mechanisms for harmonized exchange of laboratory-based information and diagnostics.

International response

To strengthen laboratory preparedness and response during an outbreak (sample sharing and exercise subgroups).

To use shared data to better understand hazards, exposure and vulnerability.

Network communications plan and provisions for laboratory surge capacity.

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