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Strengthening EU preparedness and response to chemicals threats to health

Chemical incidents can result in harm to public health and the environment. Although most are localised and have little impact, some affect wide areas, a range of sectors and may lead to many casualties.

A fact-finding report from SHARP Joint Action in May 2021 quantifies how chemical events remain one of the main challenges in the implementation of IHR capacities in the EU.  The report also provides a qualitative overview of gaps across member states; and it captures the chemicals threats training needs across the Joint Action partnership. 

Download the fact-finding report detailing the state of play regarding cross-border chemical health threat preparedness at the EU and Member State level D9.1 (PDF 1,274 KB)

Learn from the experts – Chemicals Threats Online Workshop, 12 and 13 October 2022

First delivered in June 2022 to 26 professionals across nine countries, the training was particularly well received, and the participants reported several aspects particularly useful:

  • Practical notes referenced to Annex 2 of the International Health Regulations applied to cross-border chemicals incidents
  • Real life scenarios and detailed case-studies
  • Interactive activities add real value to the learning

To meet demand, work package 9 is now offering a fully funded, repeat session through an online workshop on 12 and 13 October 2022, 10 am to 3pm. 

Participation in the training will enable professionals  from a range of sectors involved in threats to health response  to improve their chemical threat management capacity. 

Click to Register – Registrations close 11 October 2022

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If you have any issues with accessing the registration form, please download a registration copy here (Word); complete with your details; save the file with your email address. Then email the completed form to

Putting theory into practice – what you will learn

Participants benefit from a range of materials and tools developed or curated by SHARP Joint Action to identify and assess best practices, gaps, bottlenecks and lessons learned from previous chemical events.

These include best practices in implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR) and complying with Decision 1082/2013/EC:

  • Essential public health services capacities and functions
  • Health Security preparedness of EU member states to cross-border chemical health threats
  • Continuity planning
  • Intersectoral collaboration
  • Surveillance, alerting and notifying of cross-border chemical health threats
  • The rapid risk assessment of chemical health threats
  • Public health response and safety when dealing with/responding to potential chemical health threats
  • Improving access to information on roles and responsibilities of the Commission and other EU organizations

Download the agenda for the Online Chemicals Threats Workshop 12 and 13 October 2022 (PDF 162 KB)

Further information

The workshops are organised with the support of Work Package 8 lead – the Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”. Read more on the training, local exercises and exchange of working practices provided by WP8.

More information on the activities of SHARP Joint Action work package 9.  For queries please email

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