European commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation
World Organisation for Animal Health
The regular occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease and similar transboundary animal diseases (FAST) in European neighbouring countries represents a constant risk of FAST introduction and spread into Europe. Actions aimed at improving the surveillance and control in the European neighbourhood can reduce the probability of FAST spreading towards European borders. Furthermore, the constant monitoring of the epidemiological situation in the neighbourhood can provide relevant risk information and contribute to increased awareness of major animal disease threats.
The European Commission for the control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD) is working in coordination with the EC’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG-SANTE), the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to:
Improve preparedness of member countries for crisis management.
Reduce the risk of FMD incursion through improved control in the European neighbouring regions.
Promote the global strategy for the progressive control of FMD.
The EuFMD workplan has recently adopted the HOLD-FAST strategy with an extended scope of preparedness and risk reduction activities to FMD and similar transboundary animal diseases (TADs).