Emergent pathogens / Projects

First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Response to Emerging infectious disease: Assessment and development of Core capacities and Tools [REACT]
The project will generate new and assess existing evidence to establish tools and best practices, and to define core capacities for the specified areas which are likely to be applicable and acceptable...
The project will generate new and assess existing evidence to establish tools and best practices, and to define core capacities for the specified areas which are likely to be applicable and acceptable throughout the EU.
Start date: 01/04/2008 - End date: 01/02/2011

Call: Responding To Health Threats Rapidly And In A Co-Ordinated Manner (Ht 2007)
Topic: Emergent pathogens
First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Establishment of Quality Assurances for Detection of Highly Pathogenic Bacteria of Potential Bioterrorism Risk [EQADeBa]
This project was initiated in response to results of a tender by DG SANCO on an External Quality Assurance Exercise (EQAE) in 2006 revealing the need for further improvement of the diagnostic reliabil...
This project was initiated in response to results of a tender by DG SANCO on an External Quality Assurance Exercise (EQAE) in 2006 revealing the need for further improvement of the diagnostic reliability of bacteria of potential bioterrorism risk. The objective is to provide the infrastructure, design, organize, and manage practical EQAEs for bacteria of potential bioterrorist risk causing anthrax, tularemia, plague, glanders, melioidosis, brucellosis, and Q-fever
Start date: 01/05/2008 - End date: 01/08/2011

Call: Responding To Health Threats Rapidly And In A Co-Ordinated Manner (Ht 2007)
Topic: Emergent pathogens
First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
European Network for Highly Infectious Diseases [EuroNHID]
The general objective of the EuroNHID project will be to create a network of centres identified, in the participating European Member States, as high isolation units (HIUs) or reference hospitals invo...
The general objective of the EuroNHID project will be to create a network of centres identified, in the participating European Member States, as high isolation units (HIUs) or reference hospitals involved in (or planned for be involved in) the care of patients affected by highly infectious diseases (HIDs).
Start date: 01/07/2007 - End date: 01/01/2011

Call: Responding Rapidly And In A Co-Ordinated Fashion To Health Threats (Ht 2006)
Topic: Emergent pathogens
Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
Antibiotic Resistance and Prescribing in European Children [ARPEC]
The general objective of the project is to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing for children in Europe. The specific objectives include determining the variation in antibiotic prescribing for...
The general objective of the project is to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing for children in Europe. The specific objectives include determining the variation in antibiotic prescribing for common childhood infections in the community and hospitals across Europe, compared to local guidelines. The project will also systematically compare rates of antimicrobial resistance. There has been a limited focus on education on antimicrobial resistance on pediatricians. The project will aim to kick start a new network of PID specialists working in close collaboration and building on the existing EU funded surveillance projects. ARPEC will use key opinion leaders within ESPID to try to develop the evidence base for the variation in antibiotic resistance and prescribing. This will then directly translate into long term educational programmes focussing on trainee pediatricians and formalise educational training packages in prudent antimicrobial prescribing.
Start date: 01/09/2010 - End date: 01/01/2014

Call: Improve Citizen''S Health Security (Hs-2009)
Topic: Emergent pathogens
Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
Harmonizing European Initiatives of high-level Biocontainment Laboratories [HEIBL]
The general objective of the conference is in line with the Objective of the 2nd Programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-13): to improve citizens’ health security, by pursuing Act...
The general objective of the conference is in line with the Objective of the 2nd Programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-13): to improve citizens’ health security, by pursuing Action: Protect citizens against health threats. The conference main goal is to underpin the corresponding priority in the 2008 annual Work Plan: Enhance capacity building (point 3.2.1.3) – and could aid in identifying future action and needs in this area.

Several EU Member States operate high containment laboratories (with emphasis on BSL4 or P4 laboratories) as part of their national biopreparedness strategy. These facilities provide essential diagnostic capacity in case of outbreaks (emerging infectious diseases or biological threats). Several other EU Member States are developing plans for high containment laboratories, or have them currently under construction. They are confronted with restrictive EU( not aware of any restrictions , the only legislation in place is the health at workplace directive) and national regulations, and international standards and guidelines that are not always consistent( or not coherent,). In addition, there are many national and EU projects and networks funded under current and previous Programmes, which focus mainly on biopreparedness, biosafety, biosecurity, capacity building and training, or exchange of reagents, protocols and good practice. Lastly, there are several relevant priority actions in the current Health Programme, which include development of Community reference laboratories and sharing facilities and equipment. EU Member States and organizations with new high containment laboratories will need to connect with ongoing initiatives and overall they need maximize synergy and cooperation across EU Member States.

Specific objectives of the conference:
a) To bring together a forum of experts in all fields pertinent to high containment facilities, and to create an opportunity for new high containment facilities to benefit from lessons-learned in the area of Biopreparedness and Research on high-risk biological agents;

b) To provide a stepping stone for bringing together European initiatives of high-level bio- containment laboratories and for stimulating future networking and capacity building.


At this level , there is clearly an overlap with the takss given to the ENP4 and no clear demonstration of added value
Start date: 09/09/2010 - End date: 09/02/2012

Call: Improve Citizen'S Health Security (Hs-2008)
Topic: Emergent pathogens