Specialized Course on CBRN Threats and Risk Mitigation Released Online

10 November 2015.

Funded by the European Union


A specialized CBRN Awareness Course has been released online by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in cooperation with UNICRI.

The course, which was developed by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies within the scope of Project 10 of the European Union’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), is addressed to officials with responsibilities in the detection, response and mitigation of CBRN risks, including border control, customs agencies, and law enforcement officers. The course serves as a valuable tool for these audiences, as well as for raising awareness among civil society and the private sector on CBRN threats and the prevalent risk mitigation strategies.

Designed as a comprehensive learning tool, the course consists of seven instructional modules together with quizzes, tests and reference materials. The content covers a wide variety of CBRN issues, ranging from the identification of toxic chemicals, pathogens and radiological materials to estimating the probability and consequences of an incident. It also covers related issues such as export controls, in the context of dual-use materials.

All registered users who complete the course and achieve a score of 70% or higher on the final exam will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion. Registration is, however, not required to undertake the course and access to the course material is unrestricted.

The course is accessible in Arabic, English and French languages. All videos contained in the course are hosted on YouTube, allowing for video captioning into over 300 languages via Google’s automatic translation service.

The CBRN Awareness course can be accessed at CD based versions of the course that do not require internet access are also available on request from UNICRI (

The EU CBRN CoE Initiative is jointly implemented by the European Union and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and entirely financed by the EU. The European External Action Service is also involved in the follow-up of the initiative. The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level. The initiative involves 48 countries in 8 regions of the world.

For more information:

CBRN Centres of Excellence website:
European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website:

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