Project
Start
June 2022

Feasibility of contact tracing tools and applications used at national and EU level and integration within Early Warning and Respond System, 2022 - ongoing

Duration: Jun 2022 - Mar 2023

Aim
The subject of this specific contract is the assessment of the lessons learnt with the COVID-19 large-scale cross-border contact tracing practice at national, EU and International level. This action is expected to support the assessment of the feasibility of the linkage between the contact tracing applications with the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS).
The international cross-border contact tracing performed between and EU/EEA countries and non-EU countries will be assessed, in line with International Health Regulations (IHR), using the Event Information System (EIS), IHR focal network. The assessment will include the benefits, difficulties and legal barriers, the parameters required to support the integration within EWRS, the selective exchange module. This will comprise the identification of new features and structure, to ensure that the different applications for digital contact tracing become interoperable and by this improve effectiveness of national and international contact tracing task.

Method
These questions are answered through a literature study, a survey among European Commission expert groups, and a series of webinars.

Result
A comprehensive background document will be developed.
Funding
European Commission (single Framework Contract)
Project partners
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Ireland