Description of the institute
The Agency is a state owned exempt limited company (company with limited liability) under Austrian law having a staff of about 1350.
The Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management act as envoys of the Republic of Austria in their respective area of competence.
The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) is a merger (June 2002) of:
- 5 Federal Public Health Laboratories,
- 3 agricultural research centers,
- 5 food control institutes and
- 4 veterinary institutes
The law on the establishment of the Agency determines that the main objective is ensuring health protection of humans, animals and plants, by an effective and efficient evaluation of food safety and by the epidemiological surveillance of communicable and non-communicable infectious diseases.
On February 1, 2004, the Agency was also put in charge of the execution of medicines and medical devices inspections.
As of January 2, 2006 the Agency is also in charge of all Austrian agenda of drug registration and control. For legal reasons, a Federal Office for Food Safety had to be established in parallel to the Agency to enable the execution of laws as authority of first instance. Although bearing the name "food safety", the Federal Office does not act as authority in connection with food but with agricultural means (e.g. seed, plant protection products, feed, and fertilizer) and marketing standards for fruit, vegetables and fish.
The Federal Office for Safety in Health Care acts as authority of first instance for drug registration and control.
Training site/Training Locations
The Austrian EPIET training programme provides basically 2 training sites:
Section of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University Innsbruck, Tyrol (Head: Univ. Prof. Dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl).
- Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Head: Dr. Daniela Schmid Msc) at the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene (Head: PD Dr. A Indra) in the AGES area Public Health (Head: Prof. Dr. F Allerberger).
The training sites offer many opportunities in the field of epidemiology and molecular epidemiology applied to infectious diseases control and prevention in Austria, few are listed below.
Training opportunities/Training objectives, Austria
- Outbreak investigation
- ID Surveillance: Data analysis & Data interpretation
- Introduction/collaboration in data management for the National/European Zoonoses report
- Introduction to biostatistics; sample size calculation, selection procedure, statistical significance tests, regression modeling, standardization methods, survival analysis, spatial analysis (ARC GIS, Regio Graph), time series analysis.
- Study protocol: design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, publication of epidemiological studies.
- Insights in hospital infection control
- Planning of comprehensive Austrian wide surveillance systems
- Using routine data for calculating vaccine coverage
- Public health strategies to increase vaccine coverage
- Introduction to molecular microbiology at the Laboratory of molecular microbiology (Head: PD Dr. B Springer) at the AGES head quarter.
Dr. Med. Daniela Schmid MSc, Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, AGES.
Univ Prof. Dr. med F Allerberger MPH
Head of AGES area Public Health, Training Programme Coordinator for "Microbiology and Infectious Diseases" at the Medical University Salzburg.
Doz DI Dr. Klemens Fuchs
Head of AGES area Data, Statistics and Risk assessment.
Prof. Dr. Med. Marcus Müllner MSc.
Head of AGES area Austrian Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, Consultant in epidemiology.
Dr. Dorothea Orth-Höller. Head of the Department Bacteriology/Mycology/Parasitology, Section of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Medical University Innsbruck
English, optional German
Number of EPIET fellows trained at institute: Two
Number of EPIET Alumni working in the institute: One
Available as a training site for cohort 2014: No