15/10/2021 1 min

A memorandum of understanding in animal health and zoonoses

ANSES and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop their scientific and technical partnership in the fields of animal health, welfare and zoonoses according to a "One Health" approach.

Both organisations' scientific teams are already taking part in numerous national and European joint research projects, first and foremost Horizon 2020, the European Commission's programme for research and innovation. As reference laboratories at national, European and international level, they work together on the surveillance, detection and control of many infectious animal diseases such as African swine fever, avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease, as well as various issues related to wildlife. 

This agreement will strengthen this cooperation, enabling exchanges of technical knowledge and know-how, and the sharing of cutting-edge technologies for increasingly effective scientific studies. 

The agreement was signed by Thomas Mettenleiter, President of the FLI, and Roger Genet, Director General of ANSES, during the latter's visit to the FLI to attend the symposium  on "One Health – Research for Human, Animal and Environmental Health" organised by the FLI to celebrate its 111th anniversary. 

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