One Health update - joint initiative of EU agencies on human, plant and animal health and sustainability

16 MAY 2024

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), European Environment Agency (EEA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and European Medicines Agency (EMA) published a joint framework for action to strengthen cooperation to support the implementation of the One Health agenda in the European Union (EU). One Health recognises the complex interplay between human, animal and plant health, food safety, the climate crisis, and environmental sustainability. Implementing this approach across different sectors will be key to make the EU and its Member States better equipped to prevent, predict, detect, and respond to health threats. It will mitigate the impact and societal cost of such threats, or even prevent their emergence, while also helping to reduce human pressures on the environment and safeguarding key societal needs such as food security and access to clean air and water.

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

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