FOI conduct research to strengthen the national capacity to deal with the threat of biological weapons. FOI provides national expert competence before, during and after intentional release of biological agents.
FOI researchers cover a broad range of activities within threat assessment and biodefence in support for the Swedish total defence and Sweden's international commitments in the area. Our largest commission originates from the Swedish Ministry of Defence while other assignmenst originates from The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, The Swedish Armed Forces, The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, The Swedish Police as well as various national and international research counsils, research funds and the private sector.
Research and activity areas
Threat assessment and research
Disarmament, non-proliferation and verification
FOI provides the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs wih support in disaramament and non-proliferation matters, mainly related to the work within the B-weapons convention and the export control regime of the Australia Group. FOI is actively working to improve the ability to verify the use of biological weapons, with the aim to support the UN Secretary-General's mechanism which can be invoked if a country suspects exposure to biological (or chemical) weapons.
Swedish total defence
Some examples of networks where FOI has an expert role
CBRN – High Security Laboratory
FOI’s CBRN – High Security Laboratory is one of Europe’s few security-classed CBRN laboratories authorised to receive and investigate all dangerous substances (both chemical, biological and radio nuclear) with operational routines cooperating with the Swedish Police. This includes maintaining Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratories, modern instrumentation and methodology.
International laboratory networks
FOI is an active participant in developing a network of biological laboratories to provide support for investigations into the intentional use of biological weapons, within the frame of the United Nations Secretary General’s Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged use of Chemical and Biological Weapons External link, opens in new window. (UNSGM). External link, opens in new window.
Forum for Biopreparedness Diagnostics (FBD)
The Forum for Biopreparedness Diagnostics is a collaboration between four Swedish authorities – the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish National Veterinary Institute, the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), and the Swedish Food Agency – with the purpose of enhancing Swedish laboratory preparedness. The authorities are highly complementary; jointly, their areas of responsibility cover a broad range of competence in public health, veterinary medicine, animal feed, food (including drinking water) and CBRN security. In recent years, the Police and the Swedish Armed Forces have participated in the network's jont projects.
Search for reports from the Forum for Biopreparedness Diagnostics (FBD) External link, opens in new window.. External link, opens in new window.