Technical report on the use of Excel/XML files for submission of data to the Zoonoses system

Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents, Animal population, Antimicrobial Resistance Food-borne Outbreaks, Data transmission, XML Submission, Excel Submission, Data Collection Framework, Controlled Terminology, Standard Sample Description
First published in EFSA Supporting Publications
1 February 2012
26 January 2012
Technical Report


This report summarises the technical aspects and the requirements to be considered in future implementation of XML and Excel submission to EFSA of data on zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, animal population and food-borne outbreaks in accordance to Directive 2003/99/EC. It applies to aggregated and sample-based data, and defines the practical support expected by the Member States in this exercise. In order to move to ‘one-single’ reporting system maintained by EFSA, it suggests to use the EFSA’s Data Collection Framework tool and to adopt the exchange protocols as defined in the “EFSA’s Guidance on Data Exchange”. It highlights the need to keep and maintain the Zoonoses Web Reporting Application until full automatic transmission is in place in all the Member States and summarises the outcomes of the pilot on AMR isolate-based data submission run in 2011 including some suggestion on how to extend the ‘EFSA Standard Sample Description (SSD)’ model to support the collection of AMR isolate-based data.

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