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ANSES signs partnership agreements with its Polish and Lithuanian counterparts23 July 2012

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News of 23/07/2012

During his visit to Lithuania and Poland on 11 and 12 June, ANSES’s Director General Marc Mortureux signed cooperation agreements with Lithuania's National institute for the assessment of food and veterinary risks and Poland's National veterinary institute. With these two agreements, scientific and technical cooperation with these institutions will be reinforced through the implementation of joint research projects and scientific exchange programmes.

On 11 and 12 July, ANSES’s Director General Marc Mortureux visited Lithuania and Poland to sign cooperation agreements with the National institute for the assessment of food and veterinary risks (NMVRVI) in Lithuania and the National veterinary institute of Poland (PIWET).

Thanks to several scientific and technical collaborations already in place with the NMVRVI and the PIWET, the two agreements signed last week aim to strengthen scientific and technical cooperation between the entities. In particular, they will make it possible to implement joint assessment and research activities and share knowledge, data and technical expertise. In practical terms, the agreement may bring about a proposal for joint research projects in response to European calls for proposals (PCRD, EFSA) or scientific exchanges.

This visit was also an opportunity for ANSES to meet with the General Directorate of Poland's National public health institute (NIPH) in charge of monitoring the health of the Polish population, improving hygiene and health conditions and monitoring the health and safety of foods and everyday objects.

The cooperation agreements between ANSES and its Polish and Lithuanian counterparts are part of a strategy for the development of international cooperation conducted by the Agency. Numerous partnerships have been implemented within this strategy in the form of conventions signed with equivalent institutions in countries such as Germany (BfR), Belgium (Coda-Cerva), Denmark (DTU-Food), the Netherlands (Public Health Council), Switzerland (IST), Canada (Health Canada, University of Montreal, IRSST, INSPQ), China (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chinese Institute of Veterinary Drug Control [IVD]) and the United States (US-FDA and NIOSH)

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The PIWET, founded in 1945, is a Polish institute for veterinary research.

As the primary Polish establishment for veterinary research (and part of the Epizone network of excellence), it has a staff of 540 and is under the supervision of both the ministry of agriculture and the ministry of science. Its principle missions are:

  • a mandate as national reference laboratory for animal health, the hygiene of animal-based foods and animal feed; it also provides official quality control of veterinary vaccines;
  •  an FAO collaborating centre for the detection of chemical residues and medicinal products and veterinary toxicology; OIE (Word Organisation for Animal Health) reference laboratory for classical swine fever and for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus;
  • drafting and implementing of analyses for the "residues in animal-based foods" surveillance plan;
  • risk assessment for the ministries of agriculture and health;
  • a continuing education centre for veterinary practitioners, veterinary inspectors and other veterinary inspection staff.

> PIWET website

The NMVRI, founded in 2008, is Lithuania's institute for the assessment of food and veterinary risks and is supervised by the entity in charge of veterinary inspection. It has a staff of 310 and performs research and risk assessment in the areas of food safety, animal health and well-being and the environment.
> NMVRI website

> Poland's National public health institute (NIPH) website

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