INDOHUN-OHLN as a program that focuses on strengthening the capacity of laboratories in Indonesia, continues to strive to facilitate laboratories at the university level to be able to implement the Laboratory Biorisk Management System (LBMS). Initiation around LBMS in the University laboratory has actually been carried out by INDOHUN-OHLN since 2019 and has successfully initiated LBMS policies at Airlangga University (UNAIR), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah). This year, INDOHUN-OHLN is committed to expanding University laboratory quotas that implement LBMS well.
For this reason, on March 3, 2020 INDOHUN-OHLN held a Coordination Meeting on Organizing and Implementing the Laboratory Biorisk-Management System (LBMS) in Higher Education. This activity was carried out in a series to socialize the INDOHUN-OHLN program in terms of implementing LBMS, advocating the importance of the LBMS organization and its implementation at the University to ensure safety and security of laboratory personnel and at the same time promoting biotechnology innovation, and discussing follow-up plans to advocate for the organization and implementation of LBMS in the University University level. In this activity, the universities invited were Universitas Indonesia (UI) and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) to become the next two universities to follow in the footsteps of UNAIR in implementing and implementing LBMS policies.
The activity began with a presentation on the organization and implementation of the LBMS delivered by representatives of one of the laboratories at UNAIR about the process that was undertaken when starting the advocacy process at the university level, then undertook laboratory mapping, the development of a biology committee, and a biophysical management advisory team (biosafety officer, BSO) . The efforts carried out by the three universities above bear fruit, the Rector’s implementation of the LBMS policy, the biorisk committee and the biorisk management advisory has been published at UNAIR, UGM and Unsyiah. Of course, this great achievement can be obtained through collaboration and of course the hard work of all teams involved in the process of submitting the draft policy.
After listening to the presentation from UNAIR representatives, representatives from UI and IPB conveyed the bureaucratic conditions of each University and the possibilities and obstacles that could be found when carrying out this initiation at their respective Universities. Of course both have different conditions, but each University representative agrees on the urgency of implementing the LBMS policy within the University. With this spirit, the two University representatives agreed to continue this initiation. INDOHUN-OHLN in the future will be committed to assisting and providing support in the advocacy process to the leaders of the relevant universities.