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UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office. The Role of Law Enforcement in the Prevention of and Preparedness for Biological Threats Posed by non-State Actors – The UK Approach. Peter Bennett. Origin of NaCTSO and CTSAs USA 2001. Anthrax Sent to media in Florida

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uk national counter terrorism security office
UK National Counter TerrorismSecurity Office

The Role of Law Enforcement in the Prevention of and Preparedness for Biological Threats Posed by non-State Actors – The UK Approach

Peter Bennett

origin of nactso and ctsas usa 2001
Origin of NaCTSO and CTSAsUSA 2001
  • Anthrax
  • Sent to media in Florida
  • Exposed postal workers in Washington and New York – facilities still shut down
core ctsa responsibilities
Protection of the UK Critical National Infrastructure

Protection of Hazardous Sites and Dangerous Substances

Protection of Crowded Places

Core CTSA Responsibilities
core activities pathogens and toxins
Core Activities – Pathogens and Toxins
  • Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001
atcsa sections to part 7
ATCSA – Sections to Part 7
  • S 59 – Duty to notify Secretary of State of intention to hold Schedule 5 substances
  • S 60 – Information about security of and access to Schedule 5 substances
  • S 61 – Information about who has access
  • S 62 – Directions requiring security measures
atcsa sections to part 71
ATCSA – sections to Part 7
  • S 65 – Powers of Entry (Constable)
  • S 67 - Offences
  • S 75 – Power to extend Part 7 to include animal and plant pathogens, pests and toxic chemicals
schedule 51
Schedule 5
  • Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP)
  • Viruses
  • Rickettsiae
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Toxins
  • Review (2007 Specified Animal Pathogens Order)
application of security measures
Application of Security Measures
  • Classification of Schedule 5 substances based upon their pathogenicity/toxicity undertaken by ACDP in consultation with NaCTSO and UK Health and Safety Executive
  • Arranged accordingly into Hazard Groups
application of security measures1
Application of Security Measures
  • NaCTSO development of security matrix
  • Specific security standards required
  • No specific products
  • Layered approach commensurate with threat – three ‘D’s
  • Consistent application
  • Independent testing body
in summary
In Summary
  • Legal basis for compliance
  • National training programme
  • Agreed national security standards
  • National network of specialist advisers
  • Consistent approach to advice
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Options to raise security with threat
  • Option to review list
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Thank –youAny questions?Peter BennettUK National Counter Terrorism Security OfficeP.O. Box 849LondonSW1P 1XDwww.nactso.gov.uknactso@btconnect.com+44 20 7931 7142