Summary fiche

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Inter-sectoral simulation exercises on crisis management coordination in Plant Health are to prepare, hold and evaluate inter-sectorial table top simulation exercises on outbreak coordination and crisis response involving agri-food chain authorities, and where needed, public health authorities, as well as crisis coordinators:

  • improving preparedness and response planning for crisis situations through testing procedures in place at national (contingency plans) and EU level (e.g. the crisis general plan);
  • ensuring coherence, interoperability and coordination between the local, national and EU level;
  • ensuring interaction between Member States and with international partners concerned by using the appropriate channels;
  • ensuring coordination between competent authorities and other stakeholders at national level;
  • guaranteeing coordination of risk communication at local, national and EU level;
  • improving preparedness to communication and decision-making challenges in crisis situations, such as e.g. deciding when to communicate, how to handle uncertainty when communicating and how to balance scientific assessments vs political evaluation, trade, economic impact, consumer confidence and public health.


The course addresses the following topics:

01. Exercise Introduction : Background, Aims & Objectives

02. Crisis management coordination and response in the plant health sector: institutional and legal framework

03. General and specific contingency plans

04. IMSOC/EUROPHYT and multi-country outbreaks

05. Experience with Bursaphelenchus xylophilus outbreak

Simulation Exercise Injects

08. Recap on the simulation exercise (hot wash and elements of SimEx Report)

09. Exercise debrief: Lessons identified, actions required to ensure lessons learned (Improvement Plan)

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.

The training is addressed to officials from competent authorities involved in crisis preparedness and management (preferably at central and/or regional level) in the chosen field coming from Member States only, subject to Commission approval and who have committed to disseminating training material within their organisations.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 11/10/2022 13/10/2022 Brussels Belgium
Summary fiche

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Developing skills and sharing best practices in preparation of contingency plans for priority pests are:

  • To provide for a common understanding of the current state of play of suitable tools and approaches to address outbreaks of priority pests in the EU territory (application of key definitions and concepts);
  • To assess and identify generic (and specific) eradication and containment measures;
  • To give the opportunity to 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 (e.g existing alert systems and communication tools);
  • To share best practices of the structure of contingency plans and response to crisis situations in food safety and animal health sectors.


The course addresses the following topics:

  • Regulatory Framework (International and EU) for Contingency planning and pest eradication
  • Generic and pest specific contingency plan, its structure, required information
  • Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and required resources (e.g. for surveillance, eradication)
  • Action plan, simulation exercises for different priority pests
  • Eradication vs containment measures
  • Notification and public awareness

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for Official staff of EU Member State authorities with both direct and indirect responsibilities to plant health. Participants would be expected to cascade the knowledge gathered during these specific training courses.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 29/11/2021 02/12/2021 BCN SPAIN
2 29/03/2022 01/04/2022 VC CANCELLED
3 20/06/2022 24/06/2022 - ITALY