The Biological Policy Staff (BPS) develops policies and initiatives to impede and roll back the threat of acquisition or use of biological weapons by state and nonstate actors. BPS leads U.S. interagency efforts on the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), including chairing BWC backstopping meetings, coordinating the preparation and submission of annual Confidence-Building Measures, and promoting universal adherence to and effective implementation of the Convention by other States Parties. Under BPS’ leadership, the United States is working with other Parties to strengthen the operation of the Convention in such areas as assessing and managing risks arising from developments in science and technology; facilitating responsible conduct of the life sciences; ensuring effective national implementation of the BWC’s obligations, including those associated with biosafety and biosecurity; enhancing transparency and confidence building among Parties; and organizing to provide assistance in the event of a suspicious outbreak or alleged use of biological weapons. More about the BWC >>
In addition, BPS coordinates State Department implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy and works with a wide range of Federal agencies, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations, and foreign partners on issues ranging from health security to regulation of laboratory biosecurity to oversight of emerging technologies such as synthetic biology. A key area of focus is developing and promoting measures to prevent misuse of advances in the life sciences, to include participation in U.S. Government and international groups on biosecurity and dual-use research; outreach to the scientific community and private industry; and promoting international standards and norms.