Progressive Control Pathway for Foot-and-Mouth Disease
The Progressive Control Pathway for foot-and-mouth disease (PCP-FMD) developed by FAO and EuFMD and further endorsed by the OIE, guides endemic countries through a series of incremental steps to better manage FMD risks. The OIE Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway (PVS) evaluates the national Veterinary Services of the country with the aim of bringing them into compliance with OIE quality standards. Reliable veterinary services ensure not only the quality and safety of livestock production but also sustainable food security and livelihoods and contribute to disease control and safe trade.
The Progressive Control Pathway recognizes that differences in risk of infection occur between (and within) infected countries, that countries are at different stages in managing the risk of infection. The PCP applies a risk reduction approach in which each Member State is encouraged to develop national risk reduction strategies that are supportive to the regional effort. The PCP-FMD tool is a core component of Global FMD Control Strategy.
A risk reduction approach.
The PCP-FMD is not a top down prescribed approach. Each MS encouraged to develop national risk reduction strategies that are supportive to the regional effort.
Self-Assessment Tool for the PCP-FMD
The Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) is a spreadsheet-based questionnaire developed by the EuFMD and the OIE to assist countries in assessing their progress in the Progressive Control Pathway for FMD.
The SAT, endorsed by the GF-TADs FMD working group has been used during training workshops for PCP Support Officers (PSO) held in Accra, Bangkok and Dakar (September 2019). It begins by making an inventory of the strategic plans for FMD control that are applied, if any, by the country, such as a Risk Assessment Plan (supporting countries to progress from PCP stage 0 to 1), a Risk-Based Strategic Plan (to progress from stage 1 to stage 2), an Official Control Program (to progress from stage 2 to stage 3).
The user of the tool is then directed through four sections and 15 categories, gathering 93 statements, based on the latest PCP guidelines, to be answered irrespective of the country stage. These four sections include Livestock and stakeholders, Surveillance and diagnosis, Veterinary Services, and Prevention, Control and evaluation.
The SAT then generates a detailed output, adapted to the specific country PCP stage, supporting the Veterinary Services in the prioritization of the pending activities to progress through the PCP stages and in guiding and facilitating the communication with the relevant decision makers. It provides the framework for a standardized and harmonized country self-assessment over time and across regions.
A yearly update would allow to review the country’s activities implemented to progress in the PCP, as well as assess the progress made based on the plans proposed and endorsed within the official roadmaps.
The SAT is currently available in English. It will also be made available online through the PCP tool for review and communication (PCP-TRAC) developed by the EuFMD and Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e della Toscana (IZSLT).
Online video tutorials are available
PCP-FMD Youtube playlist
Visit our PCP-FMD playlist in youtube to discover interviews, talks, webinars and more related to the PCP-FMD.
Learn more about the FMD-PCP in fao.eufmd.org