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Monitoring and surveillance

The Agency is also engaged in monitoring, alert, surveillance and vigilance missions. Its actions in these areas drive risk assessment activities by providing information from the field and enable the Agency to respond more rapidly in the event of a health crisis.


In this area, ANSES uses a range of tools including ad hoc studies aimed at assessing a specific situation at a given point in time, and permanent systems for surveillance and vigilance, relying specifically on the expertise of the Agency’s laboratories. In the field of animal health for example, ANSES coordinates 16 networks.

The Agency is involved in the national public health monitoring and alert systems, in collaboration with other health agencies (Santé publique France, ANSM), and the main administrative bodies in France (Directorate General for Health, Directorate General for Food, Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control, Departmental Directorates for Social Cohesion and for the Protection of Populations, and Regional Health Agencies). It is also involved in these systems at the European level in collaboration with agencies such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

The Agency works in many areas through observatories and platforms.