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risk-based Surveillance for ANimal healTh in EuROpe (SANTERO; anihwa) - SE4312

Description
Risk-based surveillance offers major opportunities for more efficient and effective surveillance of animal health hazards. The benefits can be incurred by both publicly-funded surveillance as well as industry-run programmes. However, the technical potential of this approach has not yet been fully exploited, and existing approaches to risk-based surveillance are yet to be implemented and understood by all beneficiaries of surveillance. The SANTERO (risk-based Surveillance for ANimal healTh in EuROpe) consortium aims to promote the development of additional risk-based surveillance methods and the dissemination and integration of the approach in existing surveillance routines. Three work packages (WPs) are planned.

WP1 will focus on technology and process development to standardise surveillance documentation and to increase uptake by targeted users and industries. The consideration of economics will be considered at key points in the development.

WP2 will apply methods and tools previously developed by members of the consortium as well as novel approaches generated in WP1 in populations and for hazards where risk-based surveillance is not yet widely adopted; e.g. in aquaculture and for antimicrobial residues. The aim is to gain experience in the practical application and to assess the utility of the methods and tools. Experience from the field will also inform dissemination in WP3.

In WP3, qualitative impact assessment will be conducted and hurdles to implementation identified. The aim of WP3 is to establish a knowledge hub that is freely accessible to surveillance users across Europe, thus providing a platform for the surveillance community to discuss, learn and progress in the future.

The SANTERO consortium consists of partners from six EU countries (CH, DK, NL, NO, SE, UK), . All partners have a strong track record documenting their surveillance excellence and ability of productive collaboration, particularly in the FP7-funded project RISKSUROne organisation will provide expertise through subcontracting. The consortium covers all sectors with its university, government and private industry partners. This will facilitate dissemination of the project outputs to all relevant stakeholders of surveillance activities.
Objective
- To refine and enhance current methods for risk-based surveillance to increase their suitability and flexibility and thereby ensure their widespread implementation. This will include novel approaches on a range of aspects such as harmonising the documentation of surveillance activities, and by using behavioural approaches such as nudging to increase surveillance uptake by targeted users and industries. The consideration of economics will be part of all activities.

- To apply novel methods and approaches in populations and for hazards where risk-based surveillance is not yet widely adopted such as aquaculture and antimicrobial residues, to gain experience in the practical application within diverse industries and settings and to provide feedback on the utility of the methods and tools.

- To increase the accessibility of risk-based surveillance methods and to reduce obstacles to implementation by providing excellence and consultation.

- To consolidate the basis for sustained collaborative development and leadership in risk-based surveillance across Europe, by involving private as well as public surveillance actors and partnerships in project activities.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2017

Cost: £8,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
The Royal Veterinary College
Keywords
Disease Control