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European Bomb Data System (EBDS)

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A system providing information and intelligence on explosives and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear related incidents.

The European Bomb Data System was developed as a platform for the exchange of information and intelligence on explosives and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related incidents. It was initially funded from 1 December 2008 to 31 March 2010 by the European Commission for the Prevention of and Fight against Crime, and had a budget of 788,683 euros. It was then funded by AMITA, a Canadian IT company specialising in safety, security and emergency management.

The information contained in the database is authoritative, derived from official sources such as National Bomb Data Centres and other governmental bodies. It is “based on official sources, preventing wrong assumptions or assessments based on, often misleading, open source information.” The database is available at no cost to experts from “relevant EU authorities,” and is available in 22 different languages.

The database is not available widely. The information contained in the database therefore has limited wider utility and an analysis of the database itself by members of the public is impossible.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.