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Alerting, Reporting and Surveillance System for Chemical Health Threats, Phase III


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This is a short information on the ongoing ASHT III Project on the GIZ-Nord Poisons Center's Website for introductory information. GIZ-Nord (part of the University Medical Center Göttingen) is an associate partner of the project, leading on Work Package 7 (Poisons Centres' Case Data Collection and Toxidrome Matrix).

The official ASHT III Website maintained by the main project partner, Public Health England, is not avaiable

Incidences characterized by release of chemical agents may rapidly become of public health concern. About 90 European poisons centres (PC) serving a population ot 550 million people of the European Union will be among the institutions that will become aware of unusual events first. PC may be the only institutions that are able to detect a hidden release.

The Alert System for Health Threats (ASHT) Projects deal with this role. The projects develop technical tools to facilitate rapid communication and information exchange - sponsored partially by the European Commission as a Public Health Project. For the project phase III (ASHT III), starting in 2012, a standardised data collection for human chemical exposures using all EU languages is of special concern. Currently there is no EU wide poisoning case collection that may be used for detection of unusual events. The feasability of a European case data collection system - that would serve as a valuable basis for regulatory risk assessment and risk management decisions - is studied within the project.

The work in ASHT III is strongly based on the results being achieved in the earlier project phases.

The objectives of ASHT III are:

  1. The concept of standardized description of poisoning symptoms that have been implemented in the developmental version of RAS-CHEM shall be applied to the 'production version', i.e. real version of RAS-CHEM.
  2. Standardized medical management documents indicating specific measures for selected poisonings shall be developed and included in RAS-CHEM.
  3. RAS-CHEM shall be expanded for the purpose of creation of EU member state reports on subsets of poisoning events, especially on poisonings with biocides according to EC Directive 1998/8/EC (art 14) or with pesticides according to EC Directive 2009/128/EC (art 7).
  4. An toxicological expert network shall be formed that faciliates continuous toxicological monitoring of data input into RAS-CHEM
  5. Data anaylsis tools to specifically retrieve the RAS-CHEM dataset shall be developed for semiautomatic detection of unusual events reported to the system shall be developed ("data mining").

Project work is organized in 7 workpackages:

  1. Coordination (lead: HPA)
  2. Dissemination of information (lead: HESC)
  3. Project evaluation (lead: HPA)
  4. Development an evaluation of standardized chemical casulty medical management sheets (lead: GFH)
  5. Feasibilty study I: Can RAS-CHEM enable EU MS to comply the EU Directive on pesticide poisoning reporting? (lead: ISS)
  6. Feasibilty study II: Is developing a network of experts a robust approach to increase global health awareness? (lead: CHRU)
  7. Development an evaluation of EU poisons centres data mining system and toxidrome matrix tool (lead: UMG)

Internal information for project members on the ongoing working process is collected here.

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