Several meetings are convened to develop coordinated recommendations on biosecurity and border control that can help curb the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
Under the GF–TADs umbrella,(1) a Standing Group of Experts (SGE) was formed in Europe in 2014 to help coordinate efforts, share information and develop best practices for prevention and control of ASF outbreaks.
A similar approach is now being used in Asia and learning from the experiences in Europe and taking into account the current situation in the region, the SGE‑ASF for Asia was launched in April 2019.
Although the Americas is a region free from ASF, the GF‑TADs for the Americas also decided to launch an SGE‑ASF for the Americas, the first meeting of which was held in December 2019.
(1) The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF‑TADs) is a joint initiative of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that endeavours to empower global and regional alliances in the fight against Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs), to provide for capacity building and to assist in establishing programmes for the specific control of certain TADs based on global and regional priorities.