H2020 One Health EJP Kick-off meeting

The One Health EJP is a EU cofunded project under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The European Joint Programme (EJP) on "One Health", coordinated by ANSES with the participation of 41 partners from 19 Member and Associated States, was approved by the European Commission and starts on 1 January 2018 for a period of 5 years.

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" is implemented in this context.

The One Health EJP will help strengthen cooperation between its partners. These research centres, most of which have reference mandates on foodborne zoonoses, form an organised network and represent an integrated research community whose aim is to promote scientific progress in the areas of foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging risks. The programme has been built upon the principle of co-funding from the participating institutes and the European Union ("Horizon 2020", the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation). Costing amount €90 million, 50% of its funding will come from the European Commission.

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

The objective of the Kick-off meeting is therefore to disseminate political messages on the importance of this One Health initiative to the EJP community as well as concretely introduce organisation and functioning of the One health EJP and scientific activities which will be implemented.