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The European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth disease (EuFMD)

The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), one of FAO’s oldest Commissions, came into being on the 12th June 1954, with the pledge of the sixth founding member state to the principles of a coordinated and common action against foot-and-mouth disease at a time when the disease was ravaging the continent. After 60 years, the Commission is working harder for its member states at a time when the infection circulates in the European neighbourhood and in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Middle-East, and large parts of the Eurasian landmass. The Three Pillars of the EuFMD strategy to counter the threat of the disease, have been since 2013 to work simultaneously with member countries on their preparedness, with European neighbours to put in place sustainable control programmes, and to support and promote the progressive control of FMD in all regions under the Global FMD Control Strategy of FAO and OIE. Experience over 60 years in progressive control in Europe, refined through application with affected countries in the neighbourhood over the past 10 years, is now assisting the international organizations to introduce the principles of Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD across the world. It operates a Fund for Applied Research which supports small projects on areas of strong applied importance to member states and its training programmes are increasingly requested to assist countries with similar needs. It maintains an emergency response capacity which has been called upon almost every year as epidemics approach the member states. It works through close partnership with DG-SANTE of the EC and with FAO and OIE under GF-TADS framework to ensure a co-ordinated support to countries which seek to progressively control FMD. It provides a Monthly Report on FMD movements across the globe to better inform risk managers, and in 2014, implementing its strategy involves some 13 projects working with around 50 European and neighbourhood countries.

The EuFMD Work Programme includes: E-learning courses for rapid training of vets for Emergency Response (English, Russian, French, German, Arabic and Estonian), first 90 trained; Field based FMD Training Programme delivered in Russian in addition to English and French; Training for countries developing national risk based control programmes (delivered in Turkey, Georgia, Palestine and Libya in 2014); Webinars for updating and communication for European training focal points, and for laboratory and epidemiology networks of the 14 country West Eurasia Roadmap; Launch of a Global Survey of FMD research, in partnership with the GFRA; And the first anniversary of the Tripartite Surveillance programme for Transboundary diseases operated with Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey for FMD and other diseases in the common border region.

EuFMD at a glance: Member countries (currently 38), which elect an Executive Committee from 8 European member countries, a Standing Technical Committee of six experts, a Special Committee on Research and Development and a Special Committee on Biorisk management. It supports a specialized reference laboratory (World Reference Laboratory for FMD) based in the United Kingdom. The Secretariat is located at FAO headquarters in Rome.It helped establish the West Eurasia FMD Roadmap in 2008 which aims to achieve FMD control by 2020 in 14 countries which have endemic FMD in all or part of their territories, using the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD which it developed together with FAO projects to assist national and regional actions in this region, and is now a joint tool with FAO and OIE for progress under the Global Strategy for FMD Control.

42nd General Session

 20-21 April 2017 Rome 

The 42nd General Session of the EuFMD was held in FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Click here for the ppts.

Related documents

WRLFMD Quarterly Report January March 2017

Global FMD Research update and gap analysis report (GFRA)