Joint framework for action between five EU agencies

Joint framework for action between five EU agencies

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Joint framework for action between five EU agenciesOn May 7, 2024, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Environment Agency (EEA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) met to develop a Joint Framework for action to strengthen cooperation to support the implementation of the One Health agenda in the European Union (EU).

One Health recognizes the complex interplay between human, animal and plant health, food safety, the climate crisis and environmental sustainability. The cross-sectoral implementation of this approach is crucial to better enable the EU and its Member States to prevent, predict, detect and respond to health threats. It will mitigate the impact and social costs of such threats, or even prevent their emergence, while helping to reduce human pressure on the environment and safeguard important societal needs such as food security and access to clean air and water.


Five strategic objectives

A task force that will work on implementing the joint framework for action over the next three years (2024-2026). The focus is on five strategic objectives: strategic coordination, research coordination, capacity building, stakeholder engagement and joint inter-agency activities. This will ensure that scientific advice to agencies is increasingly integrated, that the evidence base for One Health is strengthened and that agencies can contribute with a common voice to the One Health agenda in the EU.


Joint declaration 2023

In November 2023, the five EU agencies providing scientific advice on environmental, public health and food safety topics issued a joint statement expressing their shared commitment to supporting the One Health agenda in Europe.
On the occasion of the launch of the Common Framework for Action, the Executive Directors of the five EU agencies reaffirmed their commitment to the One Health approach in a joint video statement.



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Source: ECHA
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