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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

The European Joint Programme (EJP) on One Health

This programme, which ANSES is coordinating, is aiming to acquire new knowledge in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging risks.

The international "One Health" concept recognises that human health is highly dependent on animal health and the environment, and that the foodborne contaminants in particular that affect human health, animal health and the environment are closely intertwined. The European Joint Programme (EJP) on One Health was launched in this context.

The EJP on One Health is helping to strengthen cooperation between its 40 partners (including the Med-Vet-Net Association), from 19 different Member States, with partners from each Member State representing the human and veterinary public health sectors. Its research centres, most of which hold reference mandates on foodborne zoonoses, form an organised network and represent an integrated research community. Their aim is to enable significant advances in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging risks.

While ensuring effective interaction with the other major projects funded by the European Commission, the EJP on One Health is generating scientific data to be used as input for the analysis and assessment of health risks by national and European agencies. One of the network's priorities is to ensure the effective dissemination of information within the scientific community.

The programme has been allocated a total of 90 million euros, half of which is being funded by the European Commission and half by the partner institutions. It was launched on 1 January 2018 and will run for five years.

At national level, the partners of the EJP on One Health are ANSES, INRA, Institut Pasteur and Santé Publique France (French Public Health Agency); ANSES is the general coordinator of the programme.

Various ANSES laboratories are involved in the scientific activities carried out by the EJP on One Health. Research teams at the ANSES Laboratories in Lyon, Ploufragan-Plouzané, Maisons-Alfort (Animal Health), Fougères and Nancy (Hydrology) are taking part in eight projects selected as part of the EJP. Two of these are being coordinated by ANSES's Laboratory for Food Safety:

  • The TOX-detect project (Development and harmonisation of innovative methods for comprehensive analysis of food-borne toxigenic bacteria, i.e. Staphylococci, Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens), with ANSES support provided by the Nancy Laboratory for Hydrology and the Fougères Laboratory,
  • The ListAdapt project (Adaptive traits of Listeria monocytogenes to its diverse ecological niches), with ANSES support provided by the Fougères laboratory and the Ploufragan-Plouzané Laboratory.

ANSES also played a founding role by coordinating, from 2004 to 2009, a network of excellence funded by the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP6) of the European Commission. It then made a major contribution to the creation of the Med-Vet-Net Association of public health and veterinary research institutes, whose objective is to reinforce prevention and control of zoonoses, including foodborne zoonoses. Today, the Med-Vet-Net Association is a member of the EJP on One Health network.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773830.