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Standardizing Output-based surveillance to control Non-regulated Diseases of cattle in the EU

Several countries have implemented programmes to control non-regulated cattle diseases in the European Union, impairing the comparison of the confidence of freedom for cattle originating from different countries. In order to facilitate safe trade, there is a need to support the development of transparent methods that enable comparison of outputs of surveillance, control or eradication programmes.In this Action, Innovative methods for Standardizing OUtput-based surveillance to control Non-regulated Diseases in the EU (SOUND-control), work will be conducted in five workgroups to develop a generic and joint understanding about the requirements and characteristics needed for proof of freedom and subsequent costs-effectiveness, regardless of heterogeneities in the underlying data. SOUND-control will coordinate, stimulate and assist with initiatives to explore and implement a widely adaptable, output-based framework to substantiate confidence of freedom from infection and assess epidemiological and economic equivalence of control efforts. The workgroups will describe current control programmes, provide requirements for an output-based framework, evaluate data availability and assess available and innovative methods for objective and standardised output-based comparison.With the new Animal Health Law, it is anticipated that disease control will progressively change towards output-based approaches. SOUND-control will support the Animal Health Law by providing requirements and demands for a single general regulatory framework, adaptable to multiple diseases, which aims to enhance the safety of trade. Although the primary focus of this Action concerns non-regulated diseases, the outcomes of this work will be applicable to regulated diseases in the EU, which are currently underpinned by input-based standards.
Coordination for vetmeduni vienna
Käsbohrer Annemarie
Coordination in general
Inge Santman-Berends
GD Animal Health, Arnsbergstraat 7, 7418EZ Deventer, Netherlands
Conrady Beate
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Type of Research
Basic research
Käsbohrer A.,
Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology
Funded by
EU (Kommission der Europäischen Union), Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
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