Due to the sanitary situation of the COVID-19, the eighteenth meeting of the standing group of experts on African Swine Fever (SGE ASF18), took place as a teleconference on the 23rd of November 2021. Fourteen 14 SGE Member Countries from the European Region participated, as well as representatives of the Americas and Asia for a total of over 50 participants.
The participating member countries of the SGE-ASF for Europe briefly presented their national epidemiological situation regarding ASF, focusing on the changes since the last online meeting in June 2021.
The SGE ASF18 were shown a set of recommendations. Amongst these, it was highlighted that:
The nineteenth meeting (SGE ASF19) of the Standing Group of Experts on African Swine Fever in Europe under the GF-TADs umbrella should be held physically, in the first semester of 2022. It will be held in hybrid form to allow participants who are able to travel to attend the event and for those subject to restriction they will be following the meeting online. The place, to be confirmed, is Brussels.
Standing group of experts under the umbrella of the GFTADs for Americas: the main challenge in the Americas
L. Barcos (OIE Americas)
Standing group of experts under the umbrella of the GFTADs for Asia: ASF situation
(Yooni Oh, FAO Asia and the Pacific)
ASF: Situation in the European Union
S. Forcella (European Commission)
FAO: Results of the Regional Balkan project on ASF preparedness
D. Beltran Alcrudo (FAO)
Regional action on animal disease eradication in the Western Balkans
S. Rasmussen (European Commission)
EFSA Opinion on Risks from outdoor pig farming
A. Gervelmayer (EFSA)