Defense consultant Stephen Jackson outlined the EU's strategy for preparing medical CBRN countermeasures on Monday in an editorial.
Jackson detailed the EU's framework for addressing health-related CBRN issues, which the Health Security Committee serves as the key mechanism for. The EU also adopted the EU Counter-terrorism Strategy in 2005, which was followed by the CBRN Action Plan in 2009, CBRNePortal reports.
The CBRN Action Plan lists 124 specific actions for member states to take. Those actions focus on prevention, detection and preparedness and response. The plan also addresses whether or not states have appropriate medical countermeasures in the event of a CBRN incident, which was not listed as a key achievement in a 2012 progress report of the initiative's first three years, according to CBRNePortal.
Jackson said the implementation process of medical countermeasures were either in their infancy stages or non-existent, which could make the EU more vulnerable to CBRN attacks. The CBRN Action Plan is also non-binding, which means implementation can be lengthy and sufficient quantities of medical countermeasures are not stocked, CBRNePortal reports.
"It is crucial that the EU focuses on CBRN medical countermeasure capability development in order to increase its preparedness levels and respond efficiently to CBRN incidents or terrorist attacks," Jackson said, according to CBRNePortal.
Stephen Jackson works for IB Consultancy and specializes in the field of CBRNE and C-IED.