EPIC, Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise in Animal Disease Outbreaks: a model for provision of risk-based evidence to policy

Boden, L. A., Voas, S., Mellor, D. and Auty, H. (2020) EPIC, Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise in Animal Disease Outbreaks: a model for provision of risk-based evidence to policy. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 7, 119. (doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.00119) (PMID:32211431) (PMCID:PMC7066993)

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Abstract

EPIC, Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks, offers a successful and innovative model for provision of scientific advice and analysis to policy-makers in Scotland. In this paper, we describe EPIC's remit and operations, and reflect on three case studies which illustrate how the Centre of Expertise Model provides risk-based evidence through rapid access to emergency advice and analyses, estimating disease risks and improving disease detection, assessing different disease control options, and improving future risk resilience. The successes and challenges faced by EPIC and its members offer useful lessons for animal health researchers and authorities, working in contingency planning for animal health security in other countries.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:LB, HA, and DM were funded by the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS), as part of the Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (EPIC).
Keywords:Risk-based evidence, animal health, contingency planning, disease outbreaks, risk communication.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mellor, Professor Dominic and Boden, Dr Lisa and Auty, Harriet
Authors: Boden, L. A., Voas, S., Mellor, D., and Auty, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Publisher:Frontiers Media
ISSN:2297-1769
ISSN (Online):2297-1769
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Boden, Voas, Mellor and Auty
First Published:First published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science 7: 119
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
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