Erfan Structure

The ERFAN structure, identified jointly with the partners, is the following:


At the IZSAM the ERFAN Secretariat has been established. A delegate of the Secretariat will be part of the Steering Committee.

Task: coordination, facilitation, and liaison role.

The main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the activities with local staff to ensure regional/general meetings are efficient and effective
  • Organizing, in terms of logistics and infrastructure, the regional/general meetings with the local support
  • Providing necessary information to partners
  • Preparing summary technical and financial reports for OIE on Working Groups activities
  • Preparing the provisional agenda of meetings, according to the participants
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with partners in order to support the working groups and achieve ERFAN objectives
  • Preparing of background data, documentation and synthesis of research results
  • Collecting data on research projects
  • Liaising with third party organizations from the private sector
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with stakeholders, including actively exploring opportunities for joint activities

It will support:

  • Fundraising activities, local scouting of calls
  • Draft and design of the research project proposals (by filling in the specific template)


The Scientific Committee (SC) will be composed by the representatives of each Veterinary Institution.

The chairperson will be identified during the first General Meeting, which will take place in 2021.

Task: ensuring continued quality and scientific integrity of the projects.

The main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Identifying local needs and requirements for research and development in veterinary field
  • Assuring scientific content of working groups
  • Promoting the meetings – networking activities with local scientific organizations
  • Formulating a final document relating specific activities
  • Helping to review the scientific projects
  • Evaluating the project proposals at the regional meetings
  • Evaluating collectively the action plans by each group and the report back on activities, in terms of organization, results, management, objectives, general decisions, final report
  • Stimulating the application for international grants
  • Preparing financial report to be approved by the Steering Committee


The representatives of Italian and African Institutions and OIE will compose it.

Task: providing advice and ensuring delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of project outcomes.

The main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Providing input to the development of the project, including the evaluation strategy
  • Providing advice on the budget
  • Defining and helping to achieve the project outcomes
  • Identifying the priorities in the project and potential risks
  • Monitoring risks and timelines
  • Monitoring the quality of the project as it develops
  • Providing advice (and sometimes making decisions) about changes to the project as it develops
  • Preparing the annual report authorized by the Scientific Committee


Members: each African and Italian Institution can take part with a delegate in the working groups. During the Regional meeting, the working group members identify two coordinators, both for Italy and Africa.

Task: The coordinator have to play the role in creating a productive and active WG. In charge for two years, he/she will be responsible for checking on the progress.

In addition, the tasks ascribed to them relate to:

  • Activity list
  • Report of activity executed
  • Strategy, responsibility

The main duties and responsibilities include the following actions:

  • The WG will draw up an action list annually, at regional level, according to the OIE mandate as regards the Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres
  • The reports will focus on budget, tasks, responsibility with a view to ownership and direct involvement
  • The research activities for each area will be determined on evidence of priority. Each group will build up three proposals for focus area and the Scientific Committee will evaluate them. Emphasis will be placed on the cross border collaboration and regional projects.

The Scientific Committee will help to draft full project proposals

The WGs cover the following topics:

  • Animal Welfare (AW)
  • Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Contagious Agalactiae (CA)
  • Food Hygiene (FH)
  • Mosquitos ad Culicoides Born Diseases (VBD)
  • One Health: Anthrax, Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis
  • Training in Veterinary science
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE)