Development of STOC-FREE DATA

The objectives of this work package are

1.      To develop a generic data collection framework named STOC-FREE DATA, guided by the methodology developed in WP1, and

2.      To use this framework to provide a thorough description of the BVDV control/eradication programmes (CPs) conducted in defined EU MS and to, subsequently, collect specific quantitative information about the CPs.

WP2: Highlights of year 1

In the first year of the project, the PhD student developed an approach to describe non-EU regulated control programmes implemented in EU member states. The BVDV control programme currently in place in the Netherlands was used as an example in the development of the approach. The information about BVDV control in the Netherlands was gathered using an existing tool for harmonized description of surveillance programmes (the RISKSUR tool, This tool was initially made for building and improving surveillance systems. As it did not meet all the needs for the STOC free project, the tool was expanded to enable it to gather information related to surveillance but also to the control of the disease. The improved version was subsequently tested for the Irish BVDV programme. By filling in the tool, the first aspects of control programmes that influence the confidence of freedom from infection were identified. The tool was discussed during the first annual meeting. In agreement with WP1 and the other consortium partners, it was decided to focus on risk factors for introduction of BVDV infection and delayed detection as a first step in the evaluation of confidence of freedom in-between test moments. At the end of November 2017, the final version of the adapted RISKSUR tool was distributed to all partners requesting to fill-in all country specific information. The information was returned in January 2018. Based on the information that returned a first version of a questionnaire was drafted, which will ultimately evolve into the data-collection tool. The first draft questionnaire was discussed with all partners and feedback to improve the questionnaire was returned to the PhD student. The improved questionnaire will be the first deliverable of WP2 which is due in April 2018. Additionally, the PhD student started to describe and compare the different CPs based on the information that was returned in the RISKSUR tool and started a literature review/ meta-analysis in collaboration with WP1.