International collaboration is key to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic threats since the spread of zoonotic infections does not stop at borders. RIVM is involved in partnerships with counterparts in other countries and with authorities such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC).
We are also a partner in the MED-VET-NET Association and are currently chair of this organisation. MED-VET-NET promotes the One-Health approach to combat zoonoses and supports a healthy and sustainable food supply chain across Europe (and beyond).
Within the Netherlands, there is close collaboration between organisations to combat the threat of emerging zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. Other European countries could also deploy the Dutch One Health approach. RIVM is actively participating in projects within the research and health programmes of the European Union, for example, the One Health European Joint Programme.
RIVM has expertise in outbreak detection and investigation of infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and zoonoses. We are actively involved in several projects within the European Union’s Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme. On this page, we present all international One Health projects we are involved in.
COMPARE is a large EU project that intends to speed up the detection of, and response to disease outbreaks among humans and animals worldwide, through the use of new genome technology. The aim is to reduce the impact and cost of disease outbreaks. More information
EU-JAMRAI was a European Union Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Healthcare-Associated Infections (HCAI). It aimed to foster synergies among EU Member States by developing and implementing effective One Health policies to fight the rising threat of AMR and to reduce HCAI.
The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands is Workpackage 5 (WP5) leader. More information
One Health EJP
The One Health EJP promotes One Health in Europe through joint actions on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging microbiological hazards. It will create a research community across Europe of scientists from food, medical, veterinary and environmental health disciplines. Together they will address the threats of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. More information
Within the One Health EJP, RIVM is involved in two Joint Integrative projects and two Joint Research Projects.
COHESIVE (One Health Structure in Europe) aimed to develop sustainable One Health approaches with respect to signalling, surveillance, assessing and controlling zoonoses at the national and regional level within EU countries and across borders. More information
One health suRveillance Initiative on harmOnization of data collection and interpretation More information
IMPART aims to improve phenotypic antimicrobial resistance testing by the development of sensitive screening assays for emerging resistances. IMPART also aims to find an optimal method to culture bacteria in a uniform way whether the source is human, veterinary or food-borne. The first round of this pilot study was conducted in December 2018 in three laboratories in the OHEJP consortium: Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and RIVM. This research will be replicated on a larger scale in 2019. More information
RaDAR stands for Risk and Disease burden of Antimicrobial Resistance. Containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) spread is part of national and international action plans against the rising clinical and public health threats associated with AMR. This requires improvement of our quantitative understanding of the AMR problem. RaDAR aims at improving and harmonising modelling methodologies for improved risk assessment, transmission modelling and source attribution of AMR. More information