Biosafety Association for Central Asia and the Caucasus (BACAC) was established in 2009. Member countries of BACAC initially were Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia.
Since its establishment, BACAC was supported by international donors and organizations, like Global Partnership Programme, Gobal Affairs Canada, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), US Department of Defence, Ministry of Defense of United Kingdom, International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), Science and Technology Center of Ukraine (STCU), etc.
Since its establishment BACAC had held 6 conferences: the conference of founders – 155 participants from 16 countries and 4 similar associations in Almaty, in 2009 and 5 Annual Conferences. Within the framework of these five conferences, 20 trainings were conducted, in which more than 800 specialists were trained. Several biorisk management guidelines have been published for various types of institutions. A workshop for Mongolian biosafety / biosecurity experts was held in 2014 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 64 Mongolian specialists were trained.
In 2013 – 2014 BACAC had some difficulties, BACAC members concerned about low participation and involvement in BACAC activities, lack of mechanisms of financial accountability and control, etc. With regards to all above mentioned International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA), with support from the UK MoD had implemented BACAC Sustainability Project, during which diagnostic organizational review was conducted.
November 18-21 with the help of IFBA and UK MoD BACAC Sustainability Workshop was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, where BACAC members discussed the challenges and ways to meet them. As a result of the Workshop, new Statute and Strategic Plan were elaborated.
On September 19-23th 2016, the ISTC in collaboration with BACAC and Regional Biosafety Training Centre (Dushanbe) delivered a regional CCHFV/Ebola Capacity Building Training Seminar for 42 leading and young scientists in the Tajik Research Institute of Preventive Medicine (TRIPM), Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The scientists included participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
BACAC is member of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA), partner – organization for European Biosafety Association (EBSA), American Biosafety Association (ABSA), sister-organization for Georgian Biosafety Association (GeBSA) and Azerbaijan Biosafety Association.