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(on behalf of the Enter-net participants) In the face of the multiplication and the development of international surveillance networks for communicable diseases, many questions on the transmission of personal data and information arise. The confidential nature of shared data and their disclosure internationally within and outside the network are therefore potential sources for conflicts. To resolve these problems, Enter-net developed its 'Collaboration Principles' intended to apply to all the participants of the network and to all others potentially involved. These principles propose solutions to questions related to the access to databases created within the framework of the network, to the quality and confidentiality of circulating data, to the individual responsibility in the identification of an incriminated product in case of an outbreak, and even to the transmission of information outside the network. These principles, which are to be regularly reviewed, are primarily aimed at optimising early detection and management of foodborne outbreaks, and at taking the necessary measures for public health. Considering the nature of the problems, however, some of these principles are also of relevance to other surveillance networks. (on behalf of the Enter-net participants)


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