SHARP Joint Action finishes with a set of recommendations for national and EU level policy makers

Participants in the SHARP Final Conference in Helsinki in June 2023.

SHARP Joint Action ended in September 2023. The project started in 2019 and was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the 61 partners of the project were involved in the COVID-19 response efforts in their own countries. Regardless of the difficulties of collaborating during a time of exceptional circumstances, the project managed to strengthen participating countries’ capacities and contribute to a safer Europe to all its citizens.

The Joint Action’s purpose was to achieve strengthened ability to prevent, detect and respond to biological outbreaks, chemical contamination and environmental and unknown threats to human health among SHARP partners, Member States and the EU. It also aimed to strengthen the implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross-border threats to health and the implementation of International Health Regulations (2005) in EU Member States.

Through these efforts, the SHARP partnership has also contributed to supporting countries in responding to the pandemic, by adjusting some of the original tasks and aims towards COVID-19 response.

This work was organised into 10 work packages each with a specific set of goals. Surveys and reports produced during the active period of the Joint Action show that despite the pandemic, countries reported improved capacities for instance in laboratory capacity, surveillance, and risk communication.

10 priority outcomes identified from the work of SHARP Joint Action

The work done over the course of the past four years covers many specialist fields, from chemical threats to training, laboratory capacity and IHR implementation. From this, ten key priority outcomes have been identified to be sustained after the end of the project.

These recommendations concern both EU and national level and, if adopted, would contribute towards achieving the all-important impact of the investment by the Health Programme of the European Union and national public health institutes in the critical area of preparedness.

These priority outcomes, along with brief overview of the project can be found on the Layman’s report which has just been published.

Thank you to all who took part in SHARP Joint Action!

The coordination team would like to say big thanks to all those who participated in this project and contributed towards our goals.

The results of our work will remain available on the dedicated project website until the end of March 2023. After that, the deliverables plus other important materials will be transferred on the THL project site.

The coordination team would also like to wish Happy Holidays to all our partners and other stakeholders!

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