Scottish regional resilience partnerships' framework for exotic notifiable animal diseases contingency plans

Information on how and when operational partners should respond to a suspect or confirmed exotic notifiable animal disease outbreak.

6. Recovery

6.1. General

6.1.1. Recovery from a disease outbreak (sometimes referred to as the 'exit strategy') should be considered as soon as a disease outbreak is confirmed. A number of factors will have a bearing on the type and duration of the recovery including spread of disease, containment and European Union determinations.

6.1.2. In order that trade can be resumed as quickly as possible, the UK will seek disease free status as soon as possible. The resumption of trade with third country trading partners can take a long time. This is because most third country trading partners require the UK to be disease free according to the OIE [13] definition of disease freedom, which generally requires completion of the final cleansing and disinfection (C&D) [14] . In the UK that clean-up is the responsibility of the owner of the affected premises. To gain disease free status/resume trading more quickly, the UK can implement regionalisation or compartmentalisation.

6.2. Regionalisation

6.2.1. Regionalisation is the process whereby the UK can be split into regions by Government with different levels of risk (after a risk assessment). This may allow the relaxations of some of the controls. Regionalisation depends on a number of factors including the epidemiology of the disease, seasonal trade patterns and the application of movement restrictions on animals and animal products.

6.3. Compartmentalisation

6.3.1. Compartmentalisation is a concept that allows companies, in the event of a disease outbreak, to resume trade quickly with third countries who have signed up to the scheme. Companies must meet the conditions of EC Regulation 616/2009 [15] which include strict biosecurity measures and the requirement for premises to be approved by government.

6.4. Recovery Co-ordinating Group ( RCG)

6.4.1. A Resilience Partnership will usually hand over to the Recovery Co-ordinating Group ( RCG) when the incident is contained and there is no immediate risk of escalation. At that point the Resilience Partnership's Recovery Plan would be activated. The RCG is a multi-agency group led by a local authority that will support communities in recovering from the economic, social and physical impacts of an emergency.



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