Biosafety mainstreaming refers to the integration of biosafety concerns into cross-sectoral and sectoral legislation, policies and institutional frameworks, taking into account national circumstances and priorities.
Mainstreaming biosafety involves a number of steps and should ideally be a planned process. It could involve the development of a mainstreaming vision
and objectives that are aligned with other relevant policy objectives.
Mainstreaming biosafety requires that relevant legislation, policy instruments and institutional structures are selected in which biosafety considerations need to be strengthened (so called ‘entry points
’. Based on the selected entry points, responsible authorities and stakeholders
should be identified and engaged in follow-up steps.
By undertaking awareness raising, outreach and capacity-building activities, an enabling environment
for mainstreaming biosafety can be created in which stakeholders are equipped and prepared to contribute to successfully contribute to the mainstreaming process in a meaningful way.
Tools and approaches
may exist that can be used to support and enhance mainstreaming activities that target legislation, policy and institutional structures. They can range from self-regulation, private standards and guidelines to networks and subsidies.
When planning mainstreaming interventions, existing opportunities
should be identified, such as ongoing amendment processes of legislation or policy reform that provide avenues for addressing biosafety as part of broader processes. Making use of such opportunities will enable countries to mainstream biosafety in a resource-efficient way.