Project

SBV Coordination DG-Sanco

Following the Council decision 2009/470/EC of 25 May 2009 on expenditure in the veterinary field, Article 22, a consortium of the following Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands and United Kingdom, was constructed to answer a number of scientific and technical questions in relations with different aspect of Schmallenbergvirus. To coordinate the international research efforts within the research consortium, Wim van der Poel of CVI was appointed as coordinator.

Relevance for the Ministry of Economic Affairs: since the discovery of Schmallenberg virus in November 2011, veterinary institutes in the affected countries have put significant effort in the development of diagnostic tools and surveillance of the disease. Several third countries have imposed import restrictions for live animals and genetic products, and the world organisation for animal health (OIE) scientific committee has endorsed recommendations for trade. The European Union in order to setup proportionate effective control measures and to stimulate synergistic scientific studies aimed at possible development of EU veterinary legislation has put out a call for research proposals.

Problem definition: Following the Council decision 2009/470/EC of 25 May 2009 on expenditure in the veterinary field, Article 22, a consortium of the following Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands and United Kingdom, was constructed to answer a number of scientific and technical questions in relations with different aspect of Schmallenberg virus. The overall outcome of the planned studies is science-based data generation and collection for a better understanding of the disease supporting all aspects of EU legislation concerning Schmallenberg virus and related diseases.

Objectives of the project: To coordinate a research consortium that will work together on research proposals for DG Sanco

Results and opportunities: Within the international research consortium different technical and scientific priorities will be investigated  on 3 Areas: Pathogenesis, Epidemiology and Diagnostics.

Methodology and time table: The research consortium will held every 6-months progress meetings in Brussels, headed by the research coordinator. At the end of 2012 and the end of 2013, a report is produced for DG-Sanco to discuss progress of the several different research projects granted by DG-Sanco.

Publications

Schmallenberg virus scientific support studies