Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2008: With more than 140 participants, the 2008 IFAH-Europe annual conference has become the main annual event on Animal Health Policy in Europe. High level representatives of FAO, OIE, industry, academia and the European institutions were present as speakers and participants, amongst these Paola Testori-Coggi, Deputy Director General from DG SANCO as well as Juan Lubroth, Head of the Infectious Disease Group, FAO and Jean-Luc Angot, Deputy Director General from OIE. The participants highlighted the necessity of a joint approach of all animal health stakeholders in developing new policy concepts in food safety, the area of companion animals, fostering more European research and enhancing international cooperation.


Pre-conference keynote speech

EFSA’s Role in the European Food Safety System, in particular in animal health: Achievements and challenges
Jordi Serratosa, Head of EFSA Animal Health and Welfare Unit

Opening session

Introduction & Welcome
Jochen Wieda, IFAH-Europe Vice-chair

DG SANCO policy - looking to the future of Animal Health
Paola Testori-Coggi, Deputy Director General, European Commission DG Health and Consumers

Global responses for global health threats
Chair: Neil Parish MEP, Chair of the EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

An Animal Health and medicines strategy for developing countries
Juan Lubroth, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) 

International cooperation as a step towards a global "one health" policy
Jean-Luc Angot, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Emerging technologies to combat animal epidemic diseases
Carolin Schumacher, IFAH-Europe/Merial

Food Safety and Animal Health Policy
Chair: Jordi Serratosa, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

The Community Animal Health Policy – new forms for stakeholder dialogue
Klaas Johan Osinga, Committee of Agricultural Organisations in the European Union - General Committee for Agriculture Cooperation in the European Union (COPA-COGECA)

The role of animal medicines in ensuring a safe food supply
K.J. Varma, IFAH-Europe – Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

A European platform for innovation
Chair: Tim Hall, European Commission DG Research 

Creating the future for innovation in Animal Health – the role of the ETPGAH
Albert Cornelissen, European Technology Platform for Global Animal Health

The benefits of coordinating animal health research through a ERA-Net
Alex Morrow, European Research Area Network, Emerging Infectious Diseases of Animals (EMIDA)

Mirror groups – reflecting national activities
Monique Eloit, French Chief Veterinary Officer

Companion animals

Chair: Paulo Casaca MEP, Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

The role of animal medicines for Animal Health and Welfare
Johan van Tilburg, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA)

Newest trends in development of medicines for companion animals
Margaret Fairhurst, IFAH-Europe/Bayer HealthCare


Concluding words
Patrick Dehaumont, Director of the  French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products 
Declan O’Brien, IFAH-Europe Managing Director


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