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NCOH-partners participate in One Health European Joint Programme (EJP)

The NCOH-partners Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UMC Utrecht, Erasmus MC and Wageningen University participate in several One Health EJP projects, together with RIVM and Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. This will further intensify the collaborations within the Netherlands and strengthen the position of the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH).

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 the new European Joint Programme (EJP), which is a relatively novel H2020 instrument promoted by the EU.


Typically, per participating member state, one organisation from the public health / medical 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 fields of 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 be considered, deliverables from the One Health EJP 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 and regularly update the dissemination of knowledge between the research community and 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 and occupational health & safety is coordinator.

The EJP consortium will be interacting with the ministries of authority (Programme owners) of the partners, an External Scientific Advisory Board and a Stakeholder Committee (ECDC, EFSA…).

The project is planned to start in February 2018.


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