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ONE HEALTH EJP granted by the European Commission

VISAVET-UCM participates in this Horizon 2020 project with a European grant of 45 million euros

June 28th, 2017

The One Health concept recognizes that the human health is tightly connected to the health of animals and the environment, i.e. that animal feed, human food, animal and human health and environmental contamination are closely linked.


The study of infectious agents (bacteria and microbiological toxins, viruses, ..) that may cross these barriers is the main focus of our / the new European Joint Programme (EJP), which is a relatively novel H2020 instrument promoted by the EU. Typically, perparticipating member state, one organisation from the public health / medicine domain and one from the food / veterinary domain dealing with infectious diseases are associated within this network of 41 reference laboratories and research centres, allocated in 19 member states.


These laboratories represent a solid framework for an integrated research community and target to reach significant advances in the fieldsof foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats. Consistent with the “Prevent-Detect- Respond” concept, the One Health EJP aims at reinforcing collaboration between institutes by enhancing transdisciplinary cooperation and integration of activities by means of dedicated Joint Research Projects, Joint Integrative Projects and through education and training activities. While alignment and harmonization with on-going EC-funded research projects will also beconsidered, deliverables from the One Health EJP should feed the approach of evidence based risk assessment and therefore the management of risks by the competent national authorities. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to efficiently andregularly update the dissemination of knowledge between the research communityand major International and European stakeholders, national authorities and others.The One Health EJP will also aim at developing sustainable programs and projects beyond its lifespan, through the production of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (2021-2030) and a European P2P One Health Cooperative Joint Initiative.


The network will be managed by the constitution of three bodies, i.e. a Programme Managers Committee (PMC), a Scientific Steering Board (SSB) and the EJP Project Management Team (EJP-PMT), supported by a Support Team (ST) for the daily follow-up of the science and a Support Team for the daily follow-up of administrative financial and legal matters. The French agency for food, environmental andoccupational health & safety is coordinator. The EJP consortium will be interacting with the ministries of authority (Programmeowners) of the partners, an External Scientific Advisory Board and a Stakeholder Committee (ECDC, EFSA…).


The project is planned to start in February 2018, with a cost of 90 million euros 50% co-financed by the European Commission.




Anses - Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail - France    
AGES - Österreichische Agentur für Ernährungssicherheit - Austria  
CODA-CERVA - Centrum voor Onderzoek in Diergeneeskunde en Agrochemie / Centre d'Étude et de Recherches Vétérinaires et Agrochimiques - Belgium  
WIV-ISP – Wetenschappelijk Instituut Volksgezondheid / Institut Scientifique de Santé Publique - Belgium  
NCIPD - National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases - Bulgaria  
BFSA – Bulgarian Food Safety Agency - Bulgaria  
SZU - Statni Zdravotni Ustav - Czech Republic  
VRI – Veterinary Research Institut - Czech Republic  
BfR - Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung - Germany  
FLI - Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit - Germany  
RKI - Robert Koch Institut - Germany  
DTU – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet - Denmark  
SSI – Statens Serum Institut - Denmark  
UT – Tartu Ülikool - Estonia  
VFL – Estonian Veterinary and Food Laboratory - Estonia  
INIA - Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria - Spain  
UCM-VISAVET – Universidad Complutense Madrid / Centro de Vigilancia Sanitaria Veterinaria VISAVET - Spain  
MVNA - Med-Vet-Net Association de recherche sur les zoonoses - Europe  
INRA – Institut national de la Recherche Agronomique - France  
IP – Institut Pasteur - France  
APHA - Animal and Plant Health Agency - United Kingdom  
PHE - Public Health England United Kingdom  
SURREY – University of Surrey - United Kingdom  
NCE - National Centre for Epidemiology (Országos Epidemiológiai Központ) - Hungary  
NUIG – National University of Ireland, Galway - Ireland  
TEAGASC – Agriculture and Food Development Authority - Ireland  
ISS - Istituto Superiore di Sanita - Italy  
IZS AM Teramo - Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "Giuseppe Caporale" - Italy  
IZS LER Brescia - Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna “Bruno Ubertini” - Italy  
RIVM – Rijksinstituut Voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu - The Netherlands  
WBVR - OnderzoeksinstituutWageningen Bioveterinary Research – The Netherlands  
FHI - Folkehelseinstituttet - Norway  
NVI - Veterinaerinstituttet / Norwegian Veterinary Institute - Norway  
PIWET - Panstwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny – Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy - Poland  
INIAV - Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária - Portugal  
INSA - Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge - Portugal  
INCDMIC - Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Microbiologie si Imunologie „Cantacuzino” - Romania  
IISPV - Institutul De Igiena Si Sanatate Publica Veterinara - Romania  
SLV – Livsmedelsverket / National Food Agency - Sweden  
FoHM - Folkhälsomyndigheten / The Public Health Agency of Sweden - Sweden  
SVA – Statens Veterinärmedicinska Anstalt / National Veterinary Institute - Sweden  

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ONE HEALTH EJP granted by the European Commission