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Outcomes of the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action

27 June 2013/Categories: Outcomes

The EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action:
  1. Produced a state of the art report 

    • Part A: Literature review on infectious diseases on all types of ships.
    • Part B: Literature review and survey on chemical and radiological incidents in maritime transport. Read more...
    • Part C: Survey on hygiene inspection practices on fishing vessels in EU. Read more...
    • Part D: Survey on training needs related to core capacities at points of entry-ports in EU. Read more...
    • Part E: Survey on practices & responsibilities of port health authorities along inland waterways in EU. Read more...

  2. Supports EUMS in conducting hygiene inspections on passenger ships

      • European Manual for hygiene standards and communicable diseases on passenger ships Read more...
      • European scheme for hygiene inspections on passenger ships providing a common inspection procedure, competency framework in EUMS and a commonly agreed annual EU inspection plan. Read more...

  3. Developed guidelines and training material for for competent authorities on risk assessment and response to chemical/radiological events (accidental/deliberate release) Read more...

  4. Operates the EU SHIPSAN ACT Information System Read more...
      • Communication network platform for EU ports 
      • Information System for recording and issuing Ship Sanitation Certificates based on WHO
      • Database for recording inspections conducted against the European standards as provided in the European Manual
      • European Database for storing the Maritime Declaration of Health submitted in the National Single Window (Directive 2010/65/EU) 

  5. Delivers training (face to face, e-learning, on the job) to port health officers and maritime industry staff Read more...

  6. Developed a risk assessment tool for occupational and public health risks per cargo ship type Read more...

  7. Provides expert public health advice – PHEIC
    • Q&A about EVD for maritime transport: Read more...
      • 15 specific practical questions were developed in regards to response measures by competent authorities and shipping industry
      • List of designated ports with the capacity to respond to EVD events was produced: 155 ports in 15 EUMS with the capacity to respond to an EVD event - SHIPSAN ACT informed 32 partners from 24 EU MS, DG SANTE, CHAFEA, WHO & CLIA
    • Interim guidance on maritime transport and Zika virus disease Read more...
    • Advice to international travellers for a healthy voyage Read more...
    • Other consultations
      • Provides advice on:
        • preparedness and response to public health events (Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks)
        • microbiological water testings
        • development of Water Safety Plans 
      • Monitors and participates in research protocols 
      • Participates in outbreak investigations

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