BTSF Training Programme on Animal disease preparedness.

The Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA, formerly Chafea) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Food Safety organised a set of 15 training sessions in the field of Animal disease preparedness, including early warning, contingency planning and animal disease control as part of the Better Training for Safer Food initiative. In total, 450 participants coming from selected Member States and other countries have been be invited.


The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Crisis management-inter-sectoral simulation exercises and response in Animal Sectors is:

To prepare, hold and evaluate inter-sectorial table top simulation exercises on out-break coordination and crisis response involving agri-food chain authorities, and where needed, public health authorities, as well as crisis coordinators. 

Specific objectives

  • Contribute to the implementation of existing EU legislation related to crisis management in food/feed, animals and plants, especially in the areas of preparedness and response planning, monitoring, surveillance, crisis management, risk and crisis communication and inter-sectoral cooperation;
  • Test the standard operating procedures in place, both with Member States and EU agencies, as well as internally in the European Commission
  • Identify responsibilities and roles of all stakeholders in outbreak management;
  • Take into account the transmission of information between involved departments at national, EU and international level;
  • Coordinate necessary risk management measures and response at national and EU level.
  • This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

Target audience

  • Participants from the Competent Authority in animal disease crisis preparedness and management (preferably both from central and regional level) in the chosen field. When possible, each country should provide the participants working in or as:
  • Animal health: contingency planning or animal disease crisis coordinator.
  • Minimum requirements for the course on animal disease crisis management coordination and response in the animal healthsectors
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in official control on animal health or animal disease contingency planning and animal disease control and eradication
  • Competent authority responsible for investigation and/or management of animal disease outbreaks
  • Fluent in English.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Course
1 31/01/2022 02/02/2022 Online Online
2 14/03/2022 16/03/2022 Online Online
3 09/05/2022 11/05/2022 Online Online
4 TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 TBD TBD TBD TBD

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Enforcement in SPS fields - STM Regional Workshop on African Swine Fever are:

  • to strengthen the understanding of and to ensure compliance with the new animal health law and the special control measures for African swine fever
  • to enhance capacities to prevent, control and eradicate ASF especially in wild boar
  • to deliver a coordinated response to a serious animal health issue that affects various EU MS and might spread further in terms of a common and consistent understanding and application of key definitions and concepts of the new AHL and a harmonised and cross-border response to a serious multi-country animal health incident
  • To identify best practice approaches to respond to ASF outbreaks
  • To identify best practice to manage the wild boar population in the framework of ASF prevention, control and eradication in the short and long-terms

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • New Animal Health Law, ASF Legislation and EU Guidelines
  • ASF Prevention and Control, EU Strategic approach, Movement Restrictions in the restricted zones
  • ASF Best Practices, Lesson Learned and Long- Term Experience in fighting ASF

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • official veterinarians working in the regional authorities

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 01/03/2022 03/03/2022 ONLINE ONLINE