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Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever in Europe
under the GF-TADs umbrella

 

Presentation / objectives

A new initiative called Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever in Europe (hereafter referred as ‘SGE ASF’) was set up under the GF-TADs umbrella to build up a closer cooperation among countries affected by African swine fever (ASF) and thereby, address the disease in a more collaborative and harmonised manner across Europe.

The Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever in Europe is a unique opportunity to engage affected countries into a fruitful regional dialogue and increased transparency. The GF-TADs offers the ideal framework to discuss common / harmonized mitigation measures based on scientific and technical grounds only.

Members (as of September 2018) :

- countries: BE - BG - BY - CZ - EE - HU - LT - LV - MD - PL - RO - RU - UA

- organisations: EC - OIE - FAO

Secretariat: OIE sub-regional Representation in Brussels (rsr.bruxelles@oie.int)

 

Meetings of the SGE ASF

Kick-off meeting

SGE ASF1 (Minsk, December 2014)
SGE ASF2 (Tallinn, February 2015)
SGE ASF3 (Russia, March 2016)
SGE ASF4 (Paris, 24 May 2016)
SGE ASF5 (Lisbon, 19 September 2016)
SGE ASF6 (Vilnius, 28-29 November 2016)
SGE ASF7 (Paris, 23 May 2017)
SGE ASF8 (Chisinau, Moldova, 20-21 September 2017)
SGE ASF9 (Kiev, Ukraine, 22-23 March 2018)

SGE ASF10 (Paris, France, 22 May 2018)
SGE ASF11 (Warsaw, Poland, 24-25 September 2018) NEW

Reports of the GF-TADs experts missions in the countries

Belarus -
English - Russian
Czech Republic -
English
Estonia - English - Russian
Latvia - English - Russian
Lithuania - English - Russian
Moldova - English - Russian
Poland - English - Russian
Romania -
English
Russia - English - Russian
Ukraine - English - Russian

 

Link to the ASF resources page (e-depository) - includes ASF Awareness Material and the GF-TADs Handbook on African Swine Fever in wild boar and biosecurity during hunting UPDATED 15 Oct 2018

 

Kick-off meeting (Bern, Switzerland - September 21 2014)

 

First meeting (SGE ASF1, Minsk, Belarus - December 1- 2 2014)

The SGE1 focused on ASF management in Wild Boars

- OIE – CIC Joint International Meeting on early detection and prevention of African Swine Fever and other animal health issues at the wildlife-livestock-human interface, Paris, July 2014 (Nadège Leboucq, OIE)

--> link to the ppt and recommentations of the OIE-CIC meeting

- The interface between wild boar and extensive pig production (Sergei Khomenko)
- Wild boar management in relation to ASF (Vittorio Guberti)
- Belarus ASF situation in wild boars
- Estonia ASF situation in wild boars
- Latvia ASF situation in wild boars
- Lithuania ASF situation in wild boars
- Poland ASF situation in wild boars
- Russia ASF situation in wild boars
- Ukraine ASF situation in wild boars

Second meeting (SGE ASF2, Tallinn, Estonia - 11-12 February 2015)

The SGE ASF2 focussed on BIOSECURITY in pig production systems (including backyard) as a ASF control measure

- Presentation of expert - Biosecurity with a focus on large scale production systems (Konstantine Gruzdev) (RU)
- Presentation of expert - Biosecurity with a focus on small scale production systems (Silvia Bellini) (EN)
- Belarus presentation on biosecurty measures (RU)
- Estonia presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Latvia presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Lithuania presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Poland presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Russia presentation on biosecurty measures (EN)
- Ukraine presentation on biosecurty measures (RU)
- FAO presentation on biosecurity (EN)

Third meeting (SGE ASF3, Moscow, Russia, 15-16 March 2016)

The main purpose of the SGE ASF3 meeting was to present and discuss the findings of the SGE ASF missions conducted from March to October 2015 by independent experts

  • Presentations of the SGE3:

- Setting the scene (N. Leboucq)
- Regional needs and gaps in domestic pigs (S. Bellini)
- Regional needs and gap in wild boar (V. Guberti)

Country mission - PPTs :

Fourth meeting (SGE ASF4, Paris, France, 24 May 2016)

The SGE ASF4 took place on 24 May 2016 in Paris, in the margins of the 84th OIE General Session. It was a short meeting (1,5 hour).

The main purpose of the SGE4 meeting was to discuss any new development with regards to ASF epidemiology in the region as well as to hear from the countries the state of play of their control efforts carried out since the SGE ASF3.

As per the SGE ASF3 recommendations, Moldova and Romania joined the initiative together with the other seven participating countries.

Countries must continue all efforts to implement the recommendations of the SGE ASF1, SGE ASF2 and SGE ASF3.

Fifth meeting (SGE ASF5, Lisbon, Portugal, 19 September 2016)

The SGE ASF5 took place on 19 September 2016 in Lisbon, in the margins of the 27th Conference of the OIE regional Comission for Europe. It was a short meeting (1,5 hour). All countries attended - except Belarus - and presented the evolution of their epidemiological situation since May 2016 as well as their control measures in place. Moldova and Romania, who joined the initiative in May 2016, also presented their preventive measures. The presentations are available below.

The next meeting (SGE ASF6) is scheduled in Vilnius / Lithuania on 28-29 November 2016.

Country Presentations :

Sixth meeting (SGE ASF6, Vilnius, Lithuania, 28-29 November 2016)

The SGE ASF6 took place on 28-29 November 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. All countries attended - except Russia - and presented the evolution of their epidemiological situation since September 2016, the state of implementation of the SGE ASF previous meetings recommendations, as well as their control measures in place. Technical presentations, focusing on ‘depopulation/stamping out procedures as a prevention and control measure; practical aspects related to carcass disposal and disinfection of holdings', were made by three reknown experts, namely J. Westergaard, V. Guberti and K. Gruzdev. All presentations are available below.

Agenda
Recommendations
List of participants

Country Presentations :
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Romania
Russia
Ukraine

Expert Presentations :
Stamping out (J. Westergaard)
Disinfection (K. Gruzdev)
Hunting Biosecurity and depopulation (V. Guberti)

Seventh meeting (SGE ASF7, Paris, France, 23 May 2017)

Representatives of the European Commission (EC), the FAO and the OIE, together with the national delegates of 8 participating countries attended the SGE LSD4 (only Belarus was absent), at Maison de la Chimie, from 12:30 to 14pm on 23 May 2017. The meeting was also attended by numerous delegates of observer countries in Europe, following an open invitation from the GF-TADs chair, Dr B. Van Goethem.

The main objectives of the SGE ASF7 meeting were for the SGE ASF countries to provide updates on (i) their epidemiological ASF situation; and (ii) preventive and control measures put in place since the SGE ASF6.

The chair of the SGE ASF insisted on the need to implement several of the past SGE ASF Recommendations in view of the summer peak of ASF. A selection of the most important recommendations in that specific context were shared with the participants and are available here. Dr Van Goethem called for increased vigilance in countries (RO, HU, SL, CZ) neighbouring infected countries.

The need to exchange country existing awareness campaign / sensitisation material on African Swine Fever, whether targeting public at large (including transporters), hunters and/or farmers was also underlined. Material collected is available in the ASF Depository (will be regularly updated as material is provided).

Eighth meeting (SGE ASF8, Chisinau, Moldova, 20-21 September 2017)

The SGE ASF8 took place on 20-21 September 2017 in Chisinau, Moldova. All SGE ASF Member countries attended as well as nive Observer countries, at the invitation of Dr B. Van Goethem, President of the GF-TADs for Europe. Presentations focused on countries' situation since the SGE ASF7 (Paris, May 2017), with a special attention brought to the situation in Romania and the Czech Republic, newly infected. Technical presentations addressed ‘ASF risk communication', and 'laboratory diagnostics and capability' and were made by reknown experts, namely Mrs S. Kerba (WHO Communication expert), and A. Igolkin (ARRIAH/Russia).

  • Technical presentations made during the SGE ASF8:

- Risk Communication
- Laboratory diagnostics and capability (A. Igolkin)
- GF-TADs Handbook on hunting biosecurity and carcass disposal - first outlines (V. Guberti)

Country mission reports:

Belarus: Russian
Czech Republic: English (general); English (lab)
Estonia: English
Latvia: English
Lithuania: English
Moldova: Russian
Poland: English (general); English (lab)
Romania: English
Russia: Russian
Ukraine: Russian

Austria: English

Ninth meeting (SGE ASF9, Kiev, Ukraine, 22-23 March 2018)

The SGE ASF9 took place on 22-23 March 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.
All SGE ASF Member countries attended (Russian partially attended by videoconference) as well as sven Observer countries, at the invitation of Dr B. Van Goethem, President of the GF-TADs for Europe.
Presentations focused on countries' situation since the SGE ASF8 (Moldova, September 2017), and the SGE ASF country Reports of Czech Republic and Romania were presented and adopted (they are now available online on this page). Technical presentations on Cross border cooperation addressing (legal and) irregular movements of pigs and their products' were made by experts from the World Customs Organisation (T. Hesselink), EC/DG F (J. McEvoy) and 2 country experiences (LV; UA) concretely illustrated the topic.
Finally, a state of play of the GF-TADs Handbook on ASF in wild boar and biosecurity measures during hunting (decided during the SGE ASF6) was presented, with countries requested to comment by xxx.

Technical presentations made during the SGE ASF8 (cross-border collaboration)

- World Customs Organisation Presentation (Theo Hesslink)
- EC/DG F Presentation (John McEvoy)
- Latvia Presentation (Veterinary Services; Customs Administration)
- Ukraine Presentation

- GF-TADs Handbook on ASF in wild boar and biosecurity measures during hunting (V. Guberti; S. Khomenko)

Country mission reports:

Belarus: Russian
Czech Republic: English
Estonia: English
Latvia: English
Lithuania: English
Moldova: Russian
Poland: English
Romania: English
Russia: Russian
Ukraine: Russian

Tenth meeting (SGE ASF10, Paris, France, 22 May 2018)

The SGE ASF10 took place on 22 May 2018 in Paris, France, in the margins of the OIE 86th General Session. It was a 2 hour meeting dedicated to the update by SGE countries of their epidemiologicial situation and control measures implemented since the SGE ASF9 (March 2018).
Hungary was included in the list of SGE ASF countries following the confirmation of African swine fever in wild boar found dead on 19th April 2018.

A selection of previously adopted SGE ASF recommendations, particularly relevant to implement at this time of the year, was distributed to all participants.


Eleventh meeting (SGE ASF11, Warsaw, Poland, 24-25 September 2018) NEW

The SGE ASF11 took place on 24 and 25 September 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. It was attended by all of the member countries, axs well as by 13 observer countries. Bulgaria and Belgium were included in the list of SGE ASF countries following the recent confirmation of African swine fever in these countries.

Presentations focused on:
- countries' situation since the SGE ASF10 (Paris, May 2018);
- the level of preparedness of the countries from South-East Europe not yet infected but at high risk of getting infected, based on the result of an ad-hoc questionnaire;
- an in depth review of the current knowledge on wild boar: ecology of wild boars (Tomasz Podgorski), experience of hunters (Linda Dombrovska), update on the domestic / wild interface in ASF infected areas (Alexey Igolkin), update on ASF epidemiology in European wild boar (Vittorio Guberti);
- an FAO regional project (TCP) for ASF preparedness in the Balkans (Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo).

The SGE ASF11 approved recommendations focusing particularly on the proper management of wild boars in infected or not yet infected areas.
It was also decided that the 'Handbook on African Swine Fever in wild boar and biosecurity during hunting' should be made available without any further delay, as a living document to be updated as often as necessary.

The next meeting, SGE ASF12, is tentitatively scheduled in Prague, Czech republic, 11 and 12 March 2019.

Agenda
Report
Recommendations
List of participants

Country Presentations:

Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Estonia
Hungary
Latvia
Lithuania
Moldova
Poland
Romania
Russia
Ukraine

Expert Presentations:

Preparedness of the countries from South-East Europe (Budimir Plavsic)
Wild boars ecology ad management (Tomasz Podgorski)
ASF Hunters’ Experience (Linda Dombrovska)
Update on the domestic / wild interface in ASF infected areas (Alexey Igolkin)
Update on ASF epidemiology in European wild boar (Vittorio Guberti)
Regional project (TCP) for ASF Preparedness in the Balkans (Daniel Beltran-Alcrudo)