Regional technical guidelines on early warning system for aquatic animal health emergencies
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This Regional Technical Guidelines for Early Warning System on Aquatic Animal Health Emergencies was developed to enumerate the actions to be undertaken by the AMS in case of the occurrence of known, unknown, existing, emerging or re-emerging disease(s). The guidelines identified the key players in aquatic emergency preparedness and response system including their roles and responsibilities. Actions to be undertaken during any disease emergencies were also described.
This set of guidelines is developed to help national regulators and stakeholders in responding to and managing suspected outbreaks of emergency aquatic animal diseases; thus improve national emergency preparedness in order to maximize the efficiency of response to serious outbreaks of aquatic animal diseases. This document aims to provide guidance to Competent Authorities (CAs) in the decision-making and in issuing regulations that can minimize the impacts of serious aquatic disease occurrence and/or outbreaks through containment or eradication or mitigation whether at the regional, national, or farm level. It is envisaged that a harmonized guideline for aquatic EPRS among AMS is developed. The purpose of this set of guidelines is to enumerate the actions to be undertaken by the AMS in case of the occurrence of known, unknown, existing, emerging or re-emerging disease(s). The set of guidelines is based on the analysis of the FAO Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems audit for aquatic animal diseases completed by the AMS.
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