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European programme for the establishment of validated procedures for the detection and identification of biological toxins

Objective

Recent incidents in Europe and worldwide have threatened civil society by the attempted use of different biological toxins and have thereby shown that increased vigilance and adequate preparation is of increasing importance in a world facing growing risks of man-made disasters. Previous studies which the consortium is well acquainted with showed that there is a lack of robustness in European preparedness for biotoxin incidents. There is a need for standard analytical tools and procedures, reference materials, state-of-the-art training and establishment of a European proficiency testing scheme.

Using current best practice, the EuroBioTox core members will develop and validate improved analytical tools, reagents and standard operating procedures based on realistic incident scenarios. Certified Reference Materials for the threat biotoxins will be developed and, by establishing a European repository, will be made available to the EuroBioTox network including more than 50 European organisations, expert laboratories, industrial partners and end-users. Training courses at basic and advanced levels will be developed and attended by the EuroBioTox network partners, followed by a series of proficiency tests which, through these “outer circle” associates, will disseminate best practice methods across Europe. The current animal test for botulinum neurotoxin is ethically unacceptable and alternative in vitro tests will be evaluated.

After this project there will be a pan-European network of competence, certified reference materials, standard operating procedures and a common way of handling biotoxin incidents.

Call for proposal

H2020-SEC-2016-2017-1
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Coordinator

ROBERT KOCH-INSTITUT
Address
Nordufer 20
13353 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 147 601,25

Participants (12)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 807 760
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
SCIENSANO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 453 825
Address
Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14
1050 Elsene
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 512 691,25
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT PASTEUR
France
EU contribution
€ 685 363,75
Address
Rue Du Docteur Roux 25-28
75724 Paris Cedex 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 873 951,25
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL
France
EU contribution
€ 361 537,50
Address
14 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie
94700 Maisons Alfort
Activity type
Research Organisations
TOXOGEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 964 318,25
Address
Feodor Lynen Strasse 35
30625 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 896 346,25
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOSSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUR VERTEIDIGUNG, BEVOLKERUNGSSCHUTZ UND SPORT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
CH-3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
LUGINBUEHL WERNER
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Aarstrasse 98
3005 Bern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 295 352,50
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments