Food and Waterborne Diseases Expert Exchange Programme (FWDEEP)

Dates / duration  

Multiple ad hoc visits will to take place during the entire year



Objectives /    Learning Outcomes  


At the end of the exchange the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relevant epidemiological methods and how they interact with the laboratory results.
  • Understand the quality assurance principles and processes in a laboratory, including requirements for accreditation.
  • Organise a multidisciplinary response for the outbreak investigation, management and prevention of FWD diseases including Legionnaires' disease.

Target audience  

The FWDEEP is open to all technical experts working in an EU/EEA public health institute or laboratory at the national, regional or local level. Each applicant is required to provide a written support from the relevant National Focal Point (NFP) or National Coordinator (NC) of his/her country to qualify for participation. 

Professional profiles of applicants may include epidemiologist, microbiologist, laboratory technician, bioinformatician, quality assurance expert or any other public health expert fulfilling the national interest for capacity building. 

The selected participants should have expertise in one or more of the diseases covered by the ECDC Food and waterborne diseases and zoonoses mandate (anthrax, botulism, brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, echinococcosis, giardiasis, hepatitis A, Legionnaires’ disease, leptospirosis, listeriosis,  salmonellosis, shigellosis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tularaemia, typhoid and paratyphoid fever, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Shiga toxin/verocytotoxin -producing Escherichia coli infection (STEC/VTEC), and yersiniosis).


Individual experts will spend a period of 2-5 days in a selected host site and receive on-the-job training. After the exchange, each participant is expected to cascade newly gained knowledge to their colleagues in their respective home country. The participants are expected to have an impact on improving public health laboratory capability, surveillance, as well as detection and response to food-and-waterborne as well as zoonotic disease outbreaks. 

The applicants will select a host site in advance by using a free match approach. The selected host institute must be a public health entity within an EU/EEA Member State e.g. a public health institute or public health laboratory. Exchange visits must be between two EU/EEA countries. The candidate will present a plan on how the acquired skills/knowledge will be cascaded further within his/her country, and how participating in this activity will add public health value in the EU/EEA.

Note: This course is not open for public enrolment. Participation is through invitation by the focal point of the respective disease programme or function areas which is guided by the framework of collaboration between ECDC and the Coordinating Competent Bodies of Member States.