The French Animal Health Network (RFSA)
A European technology platform for animal health was created in 2004, bringing together representatives from the veterinary medicinal product industry, researchers in the field of animal health and European regulatory authorities.
It undertakes work with the aim of defining a joint research programme focused on priority diseases in order to accelerate the development of medicinal products, vaccines and diagnostic tests. At national level, the creation of mirror groups is strongly encouraged so as to foster similar initiatives in Member States. It was in this context that the French Animal Health Network (RFSA) was created in 2007 on the initiative of the Directorate General for Food.
- See the presentation (pdf, in French)
Within the network, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), ANSES, the Centre for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), veterinary schools, the French Union for the Veterinary Medicinal Product and Reagent Industry (SIMV) and professional operators work together to define a joint research programme focused on priority diseases and thereby accelerate the development of medicinal products, vaccines and diagnostic tests.
The network really took off in 2008 with the creation of several Working Groups (WGs) each assigned an operational mission:
- WG1: A first group seeks out practical solutions to field problems such as the availability of veterinary products for minor species,
- WG2: A second group is in charge of identifying needs arising from emerging trends,
- WG3: A third group undertakes forward-looking analyses to identify research requirements in order to submit them to the supervisory authorities who will pass this information on to the European Commission.
- WG4: A fourth group identifies public/private scientific cooperation projects
An action plan (pdf, in French) revolving around four main objectives was validated in 2009.
For more information about the RFSA’s activities, visit the website.