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Eurosurveillance, Volume 7, Issue 42, 16 October 2003
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Citation style for this article: EU call for tenders for a European exercise on bioterrorism. Euro Surveill. 2003;7(42):pii=2311. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2311

EU call for tenders for a European exercise on bioterrorism

Editorial team (eurowkly@hpa.org.uk), Eurosurveillance editorial office

DG SANCO, the Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission, has issued a call for tenders concerning the development and conduct of an exercise for all European Union (EU) countries to evaluate and improve preparedness against deliberate release of chemical and biological agents. It is planned to help achieve one of the objectives of Decision 1786/2002/EC, which is to improve preparedness for health threats (1).

Many member states have already developed, or are in the process of developing, national preparedness plans for bioterrorist attacks, and in the event of a crisis, the European Commission will have the role of coordinating different national responses. The aim of the proposed exercise is to evaluate existing communications between EU member states, including interactions between national plans, and to identify areas for improvement. It will provide vital background knowledge that will allow the Commission to develop its role. Although exercises on bioterrorism have already been conducted both at national and EU levels, they have involved the public health authorities only indirectly.

Contract notice 2003/S 184-165731 (25.09.03) and terms of reference are available at http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph_programme/howtoapply/call_165731_2003.htm. The deadline for those wishing to participate is 7 November 2003.

References:
  1. Decision No 1786/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 September 2002. Adopting a programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008). Official Journal of the European Communities 2002; L 271/1, 9.10.2002. (http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/en/oj/dat/2002/l_271/l_27120021009en00010011.pdf)

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