The Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre (TIDREC) emphasises the importance of working safely and securely with potentially infectious biological agents to prevent accidental infection of workers and release into the environment. The Biocontainment Unit under TIDREC offers biosafety and biosecurity training programme for administrators, scientists, students and laboratory personnel as part of its role in raising awareness of safety culture in the laboratory and in the field. The training programme encompasses a hands-on, practical and behavioural-based approach for more effective outcomes. We also provide training and consultation on improving biological risk management that addresses key aspects of biosafety and biosecurity.


The Biocontainment Unit also maintains and operates a fully certified modular and a mobile Biosafety Level (BSL) 3 laboratory enabling research with select agents such as Nipah virus, Brucella and other emerging infectious diseases, even in the field. TIDREC is also available to partner with industry and academic institutions to facilitate research on highly pathogenic infectious agents. Our BSL3 facilities together with our technical expertise are available to assist in the event of infectious disease outbreak.


Multi-year MERS-CoV surveillance programme