Manual for reporting on zoonoses and zoonotic agents, within the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC and on some other pathogenic microbiological agents for information derived from the year 2013

Question Number
EFSA-Q-2014-00049
Issued
25 March 2014
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Abstract

This Reporting Manual provides guidance for reporting on zoonoses and zoonotic agents in animals, food and feed under the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC. Instruction is also provided on the reporting of other pathogenic microbiological agents in food. The objective is to harmonise and streamline the reporting made by the Member States to ensure that these data collected are relevant and easy to analyse at the European Union level. This manual covers all the zoonoses and zoonotic agents included under the current data collection system run by the European Food Safety Authority. Detailed guidelines are provided on reporting of the data in both table and text form. This guidance applies to the agents, animal species and food categories to be reported on. Instructions are given on describing the sampling and monitoring schemes as well as analysing the results in the national reports. Special reference is made to fields where following of trends would be desirable. This manual is specifically aimed at guiding the reporting of information deriving from the year 2013.

Summary

This Reporting Manual provides guidance on reporting of zoonoses and zoonotic agents in animals, food and feed under the framework of Directive 2003/99/EC. Instruction is also provided on reporting of other pathogenic microbiological agents in food. The objective is to harmonise and streamline the reporting made by the Member States to ensure that these data collected are relevant and easy to be analysed at European Union level. The manual is in particular intended to be used by Member State reporting officers and data providers when reporting the data through the web reporting application run by the European Food Safety Authority.

The manual covers all the agents and items included in the current data collection system managed through the web-based reporting application. These instructions can also be applied to reporting through the Data Collection Framework. Data Collection covers infections and microbiological contaminants in animal populations including bovine tuberculosis, bovine, ovine and caprine brucellosis, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Yersinia, verotoxigenic Escherichia coli, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Q fever, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, West Nile virus, Cysticercus, and rabies in animals, food and feed. Data on some other mirobiological contaminants or agents, such as staphylococcal enterotoxins, Cronobacter and histamine, are also covered by the manual.

Detailed guidelines are provided on reporting of the data in both the table and text form of the web reporting application. This guidance typically applies to the agents, animal species and food categories to be reported on. Advice is also provided on the agent species, serotypes and serovars to be included in the reporting as well as on the reporting on antimicrobial resistance.

Instructions are given on describing the sampling and monitoring schemes as well as analysing the results in the national reports. Special reference is made to fields where following of trends would be desirable at the European Union level and where Member States are encouraged to provide data on a regular basis.

This manual is specifically aimed at guiding the reporting of the information deriving from the year 2013.

Published
28 March 2014