Generic preparedness planning
The Commission's generic preparedness planning (Nov. 2005) addresses public-health threats and emergencies that affect or are likely to affect public health in more than one EU country. It provides a foundation on which national authorities can build their own generic or disease-specific plans, highlighting the main elements that need to be addressed.
See also the technical guidance document(728 KB) , including recommendations and check lists. This document was updated in December 2009 and is regarded as a living document being updated where appropriate.
Training and exercises
Commission staff regularly undergo training so they are prepared to act in the event of a crisis.
The Commission also organises regular exercises to test EU and national preparedness plans, in particular whether national authorities and institutions are able to work together with the Commission and each other to share information during a fast-evolving health threat that cuts across departmental responsibilities.
Mathematical models are used to analyse the spread and control of hazardous agents/situations and help decision-makers take adequate preparedness and prevention measures.
The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) applies such models to assess the public-health impact of infectious disease epidemics and pandemics, the spread of chemicals and radio-nuclear agents, and the effects of climate change.
Health security committee communicators' network
The health security committee (HSC) has a communicators' network that brings together specialist communicators from the Commission, EU agencies and national risk management authorities to exchange experience and best practice on health risk and crisis communication.