European Joint Programme: One Health EJP

Supported by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 773830.

Background

This landmark partnership between 41 acclaimed veterinary and medical laboratories and institutes across Europe, is an exemplar of the ‘One Health’ concept.

The One Health concept recognizes that the human health is tightly connected to the health of animals and the environment. Animal feed, human food, animal and human health and environmental contamination are all closely linked. The study of infectious agents that may cross these barriers is the main focus of the new One Health European Joint Programme (EJP), which is a novel H2020 scheme supported by the EU.

Within a network of 41 laboratories and research centres across 19 member states, there are representatives from medical, veterinary and environmental health research. These centres represent a solid framework for an integrated research community and aim to achieve significant advances in the fields of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats. Consistent with the “Prevent-Detect-Respond” concept, the One Health EJP aims at reinforcing collaboration between institutes by enhancing transdisciplinary cooperation and integration of activities by means of dedicated Joint Research Projects, Joint Integrative Projects and through education and training activities. The programme includes alignment and harmonization with on-going EC-funded research projects, and deliverables from the One Health EJP will feed into evidence based risk assessment for national authorities.

Vision

This programme will create a research community across Europe with medical, veterinary and environmental health scientists working together.  Such an interdisciplinary and international approach is essential to address the threats of zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance.

Management and sustainability

The One Health EJP also aims to develop sustainable programmes and projects beyond its five year lifespan, through the production of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (2021-2030) and a European P2P One Health Cooperative Joint Initiative.

The network will be managed by the constitution of three bodies: a Programme Managers Committee (PMC), a Scientific Steering Board (SSB) and the EJP Project Management Team (EJP-PMT), supported by a Support Team (ST) for the daily follow-up of the science and a Support Team for the daily follow-up of administrative financial and legal matters. The French agency for food, environmental and occupational health & safety (ANSES) is coordinator. The EJP consortium will be interacting with the relevant ministries in each partner state, and is overseen by an External Scientific Advisory Board and a Stakeholder Committee.

 

“Based on the MedVetNet network of excellence (FP6) and the MedVetNet Association, this OneHealth EJP is a promising network of mainly reference laboratories for infectious disease in humans and animals aiming to integrate and align work processes of joint priority and through joint research.”

– French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)

 

List of partners:

Österreichische Agentur für Ernährungssicherheit
Austria
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
France
Animal and Plant Health Agency
United Kingdom
Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Germany
Bulgarian Food Safety Agency
Bulgaria
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Denmark
Folkehelseinstituttet / Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Norway
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit / Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
Germany
Folkhälsomyndigheten / The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Sweden
Institutul De Igiena Si Sanatate Publica Veterinara
Romania
Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Microbiologie si Imunologie „Cantacuzino”
Romania
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
Spain
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária
Portugal
Institut national de la Recherche Agronomique / French National Institute for Agricultural Research
France
Institut Pasteur
France
Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge
Portugal
Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Italy
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “Giuseppe Caporale”
Italy
LER Brescia Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna “Bruno Ubertini”
Italy
Med-Vet-Net Association for Zoonoses Research
Europe
National Public Health Institute
Hungary
National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
Bulgaria
National University of Ireland, Galway
Ireland
Veterinaerinstituttet / National Veterinary Institute
Norway
Public Health England
United Kindgom
Panstwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny – Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy
Poland
Rijksinstituut Voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu
Netherlands
Robert Koch Institut
Germany
Santé Publique France – French Public Health Agency
France
Healthy all life long
Belgium
Livsmedelsverket / National Food Agency
Sweden
Statens Serum Institut
Denmark
Statens Veterinärmedicinska Anstalt / National Veterinary Institute
Sweden
Statni Zdravotni Ustav
Czech Republic
Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Ireland
Universidad Complutense Madrid / Centro de Vigilancia Sanitaria Veterinaria
Spain
University of Surrey
United Kingdom
Tartu Ülikool / University of Tartu
Estonia
Estonian Veterinary and Food Laboratory
Estonia
Veterinary Research Institute
Czech Republic
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute
Netherlands

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