European Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net)

Corporate information Networks and partnerships

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.

General surveillance objectives for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses in EU/EEA

  • Monitor trends in food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses over time and across Member States;
  • Detect and monitor multinational food- and waterborne and zoonotic outbreaks with respect to source, time, population and place in order to provide a rationale for public health action;
  • Contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of prevention and control programmes by providing evidence for recommendations to strengthen and improve these programmes at the national and European level;
  • Identify population groups at risk and in need of targeted prevention measures;
  • Contribute to the assessment of the burden of food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses on the population;
  • Generate hypotheses on (new) sources, modes of transmission and groups most at risk and identify needs for research and pilot projects.

The ECDC network co-ordinators can be contacted at fwd@ecdc.europa.eu.

Participating institutions

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).