This programme will create a research community across Europe with food, 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.
This landmark partnership between 38 acclaimed food, veterinary and medical laboratories and institutes across Europe and, the Med-Vet-Net-Association (MVNA) 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 38 laboratories and research centres across 19 member states, there are representatives from food, 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.
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 is 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)