Key Announcements

The One Health EJP have created a One Health Outcome Inventory which is an online tool that acts as an inventory for all the Joint Research and Joint Integrative projects, PhD projects and overarching One Health EJP activities. If you would like to keep up to date with out outcomes, please visit the One Health Outcome Inventory.

Joint Research Projects (JRP), Joint Integrative Projects (JIP) and PhD Projects

The aim of the One Health EJP was to align European countries through a joint priority setting in the domains of foodborne zoonoses (FBZ), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and emerging threats (ET), and joint programming of research agendas.

The OHEJP approach led to the development of a common strategic research agenda among the partners, taking into account the related initiatives instigated by our international and European stakeholders of WOAH, FAO, WHOEFSAECDC, EMA, EEAJPI AMREU-JAMRAI,  COMPARE and EFFORT. Additionally, existing links with the Programme Owners (national or regional authorities and policy makers) have ensured that national interests are addressed in the OHEJP strategy. This collaborative process has facilitated the harmonisation of approaches, methodologies, databases and procedures in the assessment and management of foodborne hazards, emerging threats, and antimicrobial resistance across Europe. Overall, the OHEJP approach improves the quality and compatibility of information taken from both integrative and research activities for decision and policy making.

Research activities under the domains of FBZ, AMR and ET are conducted through 24 Joint Research Projects (JRP) and 17 PhD projects, as related to five thematic areas of analytical methods, host-microbe interaction, epidemiology, risk assessment, and intervention. For FBZ, the research scope includes bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic pathogens, and toxins produced by foodborne pathogens. AMR concerns both pathogenic and commensal bacteria. The research on FBZ and AMR fosters the harmonisation and standardisation of reference methods and tests; enables the development of new tools for detection and identification of pathogens and AMR determinants; improves surveillance systems and risk assessment activities. Research on ET primarily focuses on threats emerging from 2017 with a suspected zoonotic potential to improve early detection, preparedness, and response. Additionally, research for one PhD project focuses on the sustainability of One Health by examining the institutionalisation of the One Health approach across Europe.

Integrative activities are conducted through six Joint Integrative Projects (JIP) to develop joint platforms, such as infrastructures (e.g., pipelines, biobanks, etc.) and work processes, across the three domains and the five themes of the OHEJP. These activities strengthen both the scientific capacity within the OHEJP and future prevention, preparedness, detection, and response of the EU to global health threats. The six types of integrative strategic activities include: 1) laboratory methods; 2) reference material and data; 3) design and implementation of surveillance activities; 4) interpretation of surveillance data; 5) cross-section communication of data; 6) action – prevention and response.

The successful completion of 6 Joint Integrative Projects and 24 Joint Research Projects in 2023 enabled partner organisations to work together and align their approaches. These collaborations have resulted in numerous project outcomes of One Health tools and solutions (e.g., protocols, databases, guidelines, laboratory assays, models, and others), which are summarised in this report. These outcomes are expected to be utilised by our stakeholders and others working in the One Health field.

One Health EJP Partner Institutions involvement in the JIP, JRP and PhD Projects

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