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Sound Control (COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

Standardised Output-based surveillance to control Non-regulated Diseases of cattle in the EU

Sound Control
Updated on 09/04/2019
Published on 09/04/2019

Many countries in the European Union have set up their own programmes for the control of contagious and non-regulated diseases in cattle. The diversity of these methods hampers comparisons and reduces confidence in trading cattle between different countries. The aim of the Sound Control project is to conduct an inventory of the programmes that exist in Europe on the surveillance, control or eradication of these diseases, and to make an objective and standardised comparison of their results. These results will be compared from both the epidemiological and economic points of view, with particular focus on guarantees that animals are disease-free, in order to improve the safety of trading arrangements.
The Sound Control project involves scientists from 30 countries, mainly in the European Union. The INRA-Oniris Joint Research Unit for Biology, Epidemiology and Risk Analysis in Animal Health (UMR BIOEPAR)  is the joint coordinator of this project (Christine Fourichon -UMR BIOEPAR is Vice-Chairman of the project).
This project will also enable the research unit to exploit the results of important work such as the STOC free (Surveillance Tool for Outcome-based Comparison of FREEdom from infection) project funded by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).
All project members met on 25 and 26 March 2019 in Utrecht (Netherlands) for the first COST Sound Control workshop.  
Project working groups:
Studies will be carried out in five working groups focused on the following areas:
1.    Characteristics of existing control programmes
2.    Assessment of needs for data and their availability
3.   Assessment of existing methods (Aurélien Madouasse, UMR BIOEPAR, leader of the working group)
4.    Assessment of gaps in knowledge
5.    Dissemination and communication.
Duration of the project: the project started in October 2018 and will end in October 2022
More information on the project: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA17110/#tabs|Name:overview
More information on BIOEPAR: https://www6.angers-nantes.inra.fr/bioepar

Scientific contact(s):

Associated Division(s):
Animal Health
Associated Centre(s):
Pays de la Loire