European Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net)
In 2007, the EU-funded dedicated surveillance network for enteric pathogens – Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter (Enter-net) was transferred to ECDC from the Health Protection Agency in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, the scope of the disease network was broadened to cover 21 food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses, and nomination of disease experts followed the ECDC policy on Coordinating Competent Body (CCB).
FWD-Net is coordinated by ECDC with the support of a coordination committee (CC) consisting of representatives from the EU Member States. The committee advises ECDC on ways to strengthen and improve FWD surveillance and prevention in Europe and reviews technical documents relevant to the network.
FWD-Net also collaborates with partners, such as European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), World Health Organisation, relevant European Union Reference Laboratories and public health authorities of non-EU countries, e.g. US CDC. Furthermore, ECDC is actively collaborating with PulseNet International, the global network of public health laboratory networks, to ensure comparability of data and linkage to the global public health community.
The ECDC network co-ordinators can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with rules governing Coordinating Competent Body (CCB) structure in each Member State, the following Institutes have been nominated as National Focal Points (updated January 2015).
Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses
In principle, everyone may be at risk for contracting foodborne, waterborne or zoonotic disease although some people are more at risk than others depending on pathogen-host interactions.Read more
Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses Programme
The programme aims to support European Member States in the surveillance of food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses and in responding to multi-country outbreaks.Read more