Non-infectious events under the International Health Regulations (2005) in Europe - A case for syndromic surveillance

Nicole Rosenkötter, Alexandra Ziemann, Thomas Krafft, Luis Garcia Castrillo Riesgo, Gernot Vergeiner, Helmut Brand

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The scope of the International Health Regulations of 2005 (IHR (2005)) has been expanded. The IHR (2005) are no longer limited to a specific set of infectious diseases, instead they prescribe detection and assessment of any event of potential public health concern regardless of its source or origin. We examine events of non-infectious origin that might fulfill the criteria of a potential public health emergency of international concern under the IHR (2005). These comprise predominately events related to food safety, but also events related to drug safety or of chemical or industrial origin. We argue that to identify these events and assess health effects related to them, existing disease surveillance systems should be augmented with less specific indicator-based syndromic surveillance strategies that use available routine health-related service data for monitoring purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-326
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research, under project SIDARTHa (European Emergency Data-based Syndromic Surveillance) received funding from the European Union’s Public Health Programme (Grant Agreement Number: 2007208) and was informed by the final report of the SIDARTHa project. We submitted an abstract to the One Health Conference in 2012. We appreciate the feedback and comments from Dr Thomas Hofman.


  • health information
  • IHR (2005)
  • public health surveillance
  • syndromic surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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