The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) is a Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. It is developing the GET Prepared toolbox as a response to the gaps identified in emergency preparedness during outbreaks of transboundary animal diseases. The concept was developed in collaboration with DG SANTE Directorates and EuFMD Member Nations (MN) to facilitate the work of contingency planners and to promote their networking.

The GET Prepared Wall is divided into four layers – Foundation, Alert, Emergency and Reconstruction, made of “bricks” containing relevant resources and examples of good practice, including guidelines, templates, videos, webinar recordings, checklists, video tutorials and job-aids. Although some of the tools are focused on foot-and-mouth disease, others are generic or adapted for other FAST (Foot-and-mouth and Similar Transboundary animal Diseases) such as lumpy skin disease, Peste des petits ruminants, sheep pox / goat pox and Rift Valley fever.

The Wall currently contains resources in the following bricks: Simulation exercises, Clinical examination, Sampling, Humane killing of animals, Disposal and Vaccination. Contents for an additional five bricks are under development and will be available soon.

The GET Prepared Wall was restructured in 2022 and migrated to a Trello board to enable easy updating and continuous improvement of the contents. Therefore, the Wall should be considered as a live structure, allowing easy maintenance and regular updating of the existing resources in accordance with the needs and requirements of the EuFMD MNs.

Some of the benefits of using the GET Prepared Wall are:

  • Support for contingency planning and responding to outbreaks;
  • An online platform that can be easily accessed and navigated by users;
  • A comprehensive review of the current resources for emergency preparedness and planning, and ready-made templates which are easy to adapt for local use in the case of an emergency of FAST (Foot-and-mouth and Similar Transboundary animal Diseases) diseases;
  • It contains decision-making and assessment tools enabling contingency planners to properly estimate local situations and requirements in advance of an emergency to enable development and review of preparedness plans;
  • It provides a list of all available EuFMD training, courses and learning material needed for continuous education of key personnel involved in emergency preparedness and responses;
  • It is a ‘Work in progress’ – to be regularly updated based on the development of new resources and needs of the MNs.

The toolbox is accessible on the Trello board https://trello.com/b/SrsgHKzM/get-prepared-the-wall

If you need any additional information or assistance, please contact: EuFMD-training@fao.org

Foot and Mouth Disease: Get prepared with FAO

The eLearning module aims to provide participants with tools to update and improve the structure of existing contingency plans, especially concerning:

  • Awareness of the recent legal framework.
  • The assessment of the culling/slaughter capacity and the swift implementation of animal depopulation for disease control purposes.
  • The planning and securing of human and other resources.
  • Complying with EU animal welfare requirements.
  • Internal and external communication in time of crisis.

Features

 365 days access
  • Average duration: 6 hours
Online
  • 3 Units
  • Self-Paced
  • Multimedia
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How to Register

Animal disease contingency planning - eLearning module

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on African swine fever surveillance and wildlife management is to strengthen the understanding of and to ensure compliance with the new animal health law and the special control measures for African swine fever , and to enhance capacities to prevent, control and eradicate ASF especially in wild boar and thus 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,
  • 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

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Epidemiology of ASF in domestic pigs and wild boars;
  • Special disease control rules related to ASF in domestic pigs;
  • Preparedness in domestic pigs and wild boars
  • Impact of ASF on the agricultural-forest activities and long term management of the wild boar
  • ASF awareness raising and communication with targeted stakeholders, such as farmers and hunters

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.

Responsible for African Swine Fever management at the regional and central level

Experience in the enforcement of animal health standards at the field level

Participant must have/be:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in animal health
  • Professional background in the national central and/or regional competent authority for animal health
  • Fluent in English
Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 16/05/2023 19/05/2023 Vilnius Lithuania
2  03/10/2023  05/10/2023  Ciudad Real  Spain
African swine fever surveillance and wildlife management

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on Regional workshop on animal disease preparedness are to improve the knowledge and understanding (based on EU experiences) on animal health which provides protection against the introduction and spread of contagious animal diseases. By further building capacity for animal disease preparedness in the regions, the EU intends to share its knowledge and experiences which helps ensuring its trade partners to establish effective surveillance and control programs compliant with EU and WOAH standards.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Topic 1. Legislation
  • Topic 2. Early warning
  • Topic 3. Contingency planning
  • Topic 4. Animal disease control
  • Topic 5. Regionalisation

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below

  • DG SANTE, HaDEA, Contractor, NCPs, officials, others.
Session Topic Start Date End Date City Country
1 codex alimentarius 29/11/2021 03/12/2021 Almaty Kazakhstan (online)
2 PPR 14/03/2022 18/03/2022 Casablanca Morocco (Online)
3 Plants 27/06/2022 01/07/2022 Bangkok Thailand
4 codex alimentarius 11/10/2022 14/10/2022 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
5 Plants 24/08/2022 28/08/2022 Nairobi Kenya
6 Animal 06/02/2023 10/02/2023 Tashkent Uzbekistan
7 Animal 13/07/2023 18/07/2023 Manila Philippines
Regional workshop on animal disease preparedness

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 Animal Disease Preparedness are:

  • To provide for a common understanding of the current state of play of tools suitable to address emerging animal diseases (including zoonoses), and the related early reaction veterinary interventions.
  • To increase the efficacy of veterinary services in protecting the EU territory against the occurrence of emerging animal diseases.
  • To give the opportunity to the trainees to compare key elements of contingency plans and other preparedness elements elaborated by their respective Member States in order to identify and share best practices.

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.

  • Officials from relevant competent authorities involved in policy making, planning and control at central or regional level, on terrestrial or aquatic animal health, intra-EU trade of terrestrial or aquatic animals and germinal products and imports of live animals, products of animal origin and germinal products and
  • Member State veterinary services staff with adequate professional experience, familiar with the relevant EU legislation and animal disease surveillance and the most modern and effective control measures.

Participants must meet the minimum requirements below to ensure they can follow and fully participate:

  • In a position to provide training to other colleagues and share the experience following their attendance to the training.
  • To understand and speak English in order to participate actively in the training session.
Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 12/09/2022 16/09/2022 Riga Latvia
2 24/10/2022 28/10/2022 Sofia Bulgaria
3 14/11/2022 18/11/2022 Utrecht The Netherlands
4 05/12/2022 09/12/2022 Venice Italy
5 16/01/2023 20/01/2023 Venice Italy
6 13/02/2023 17/02/2023 Utrecht The Netherlands
7 13/03/2023 17/03/2023 Sofia Bulgaria
8 17/04/2023 21/04/2023 Riga Latvia
9 08/05/2023 12/05/2023 Sofia Bulgaria
10 12/06/2023 16/06/2023 Riga Latvia
11 18/09/2023 22/09/2023 Riga Latvia
12 16/10/2023 20/10/2023 Utrecht The Netherlands
13 13/11/2023 17/11/2023 Venice Italy
14 11/12/2023 15/12/2023 Venice Italy
15 15/01/2024 19/01/2024 Utrecht The Netherlands
Animal disease preparedness

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
Session Start Date End Date City Course
1 31/01/2022 02/02/2022 Online Online
Cancelled 14/03/2022 16/03/2022 Canceled Canceled
2 09/05/2022 11/05/2022 Online Online
Canceled 08/11/2022 10/11/2022 Brussels Belgium
3 30/05/2023 01/06/2023 Brussels Belgium
4 19/09/2023 21/09/2023 Canceled Canceled
5 31/10/2023 02/11/2023 Brussels Belgium
Crisis management-inter-sectoral simulation exercises in Animal Sector

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

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

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
Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 01/03/2022 03/03/2022 ONLINE ONLINE
Enforcement in SPS fields - STM Regional Workshop on African Swine Fever