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  Assessment of the situation on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease control 2008slide
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Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in poultry began to increase sharply in 2004, mainly in South-East Asia. In 2005 the disease spread to other parts of the world including Africa and new EU Member States and candidate countries.

The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and EU experts have concluded that a long-term coordinated effort will be necessary to control the situation.

The FAO and OIE in collaboration with the WHO have developed a Global Strategy for the Progressive Control of HPAI. The short term objective is to prevent further spread of HPAI in countries infected by the H5N1 strain.

After two years of Better Training for Safer Food activities on HPAI control, the Commission considers it appropriate to review the work done thus far within Better Training for Safer Food and other international initiatives.

Who has been awarded the contract for implementing the workshops?

Id-Lelystad Consortium in consortium with Agri-Livestock consultants, for more information please visit: http://www.alc-consultants.com.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is mainly for competent authority control staff of EU Member States and candidate countries responsible for verifying compliance with EU rules by food and feed businesses. Places are also available for competent authority staff from European Free Trade Association, European Neighbourhood Policy and selected third countries. In all, the programme should train approximately 400 people.

How do I participate?

Anyone interested in taking part should contact their relevant national competent authority. In the case of Member States and candidate countries, the national competent authority proposes participants to the designated Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Point. The National Contact Point sends the list of participants to the contractor, who submits it to the Commission for approval. In the case of third countries, the national competent authority proposes participants directly to the contractor. The contractor then sends the list of participants to the Commission for final approval. The list of Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Points can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/training/ms_contact_points.pdf pdf

How many workshops are taking place?

The programme comprises two actions:

  • A one-day technical seminar for 80-100 people;
  • The seconding of experts for sustained training missions of about one week each in countries having Better Training for Safer Food HPAI missions in 2006 and 2007.

Who is to be involved in the course?

Representatives of the European Commission and competent authorities of countries having benefited from Commission HPAI training will attend the technical seminar. Delegates will also come from organisations active in HPAI control including the OIE, the WHO and the World Bank.

During the assistance missions, seconded experts will meet mainly with local authorities and experts from the countries covered by the 2006 and 2007 sustained training.

What are the aims of the training?

  • The seminar aims to report on activities in the fight against HPAI by the EU and other donors, exchange experience, define best practices and identify the countries most in need of HPAI training and their specific needs.
  • The objective of the assistance missions is to assess the impact of the 2006 and 2007 sustained training.

When and where are the workshops taking place?

  • The technical seminar takes place in Brussels on 2 April.
  • The sustained training and assistance missions will be undertaken to Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Myanmar during the course of 2008.

 
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