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The impact on maritime transport of health threats due to biological,chemical &radiological agents,including communicable diseases [SHIPSAN ACT] [20122103] - Joint Actions
General objectives

The general objective of this action is to strengthen an integrated strategy and sustainable mechanisms at EU level for safeguarding the health of travelers and crew of passenger and cargo ships and preventing the cross-border spread of diseases, improving citizens` health security. Actions will focus on prevention, identification, assessment and link with existing mechanisms for response coordination to serious cross border threats to health caused by CBRN agents. Actions will facilitate the implementation of EU legislation: a) Decisions 2119/98/EC, 2000/57/EC, linking SHIPSAN communication platform with existing systems, b) Directive 2010/65/EU, by supporting EMSA to implement MDH, c) Directive 2009/13/EC, by developing an outline of a risk assessment tool for occupational health on ships, d) the IHR, by supporting core capacities Annex 1b by training, inspections, contingency planning guidance and IHR provisions for conveyances and conveyance operators including Ship Sanitation Certificates.

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

JA addresses issues of transnational nature including actions that contribute to protect the EU population against health threats and improve citizen`s health security. It will strengthen the capacity of MS to prevent, conduct risk assessment, respond and control cross-border health CBRN threats (deliberate/accidental release acts) including those with a worldwide dimension. JA information tools will allow standard response, rapid information sharing, follow up of events related to maritime transport. They will improve governance in public health risk management and a better coordinated and balanced response to cross-border health threats. New channels will be developed linking existing arrangements together including tools for seafarers occupational health, citizens public health, consumer protection, health security, response to serious cross-border health threats. Synergies with community`s external cross-border health threats actions and WHO, USCDCVSP, IMO, ILO will be developed.

Methods and means

Materials to be used include SHIPSAN projects outputs, questionnaires for data collection, internet, and web based software for network development and for e-learning. The intervention methods for the specific objectives include: Literature review table top and operational exercises, surveys and data collection using questionnaires including interviews and statistical analysis of the data selection of trainers and trainees based on criteria; train the trainer courses; national, introductory and advanced focused training courses for port health officers and shipping industry; on the job training; e-learning platform; conduct of ship inspections; site visits; observations; focus groups; expert opinions on technical, legal, managerial and scientific issues; working group meetings, development of guidance documents. Coordination, dissemination, sustainability and evaluation strategies will be implemented ensuring JA outputs efficient completion and sustainability.

Expected outcomes period

Competencies of authorities` staff and industry on prevention/control/response to CBRN health threats will be improved. Information tools will allow risk assessment, standard response, rapid information sharing, follow up of events related to maritime transport. JA will contribute to improved governance in public health risk management and a better coordinated and balanced response to cross-border health threats. Guidelines will be produced to allow consistent preparedness planning in MS based on shared and common standards, facilitating IHR implementation. SHIPSAN ACT partnership will be trusted and recognized by target groups and stakeholders for its scientific capacity and in supporting industry to prevent and respond to untoward public heath events. SHIPSAN ACT tools will be widely known and recognized for their usefulness and validity by target groups and stakeholders. Inland navigation and ferry industry will be engaged to SHIPSAN ACT actions and recognizes their value.

Start date: 01/02/2013
End date: 01/11/2016
Duration: 45 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 1 799 942,00