ECDC launches emergency preparedness self-assessment tool

26 June 2018

Article: 52/2511

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has launched the Health Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment (HEPSA) tool, in order to support countries in improving their level of public health emergency preparedness.

This tool supports the evaluation of levels of preparedness and contributes to the identification of potential gaps. It also supports interactions among stakeholders to discuss themes related to public health emergency preparedness. Based on the outcomes of the self-assessment, areas for improvement can be identified and actions can be taken by the countries in order to strengthen their capacities.

The HEPSA tool is worksheet based and is targeted at professionals in public health organisations responsible for emergency planning and event management. It consists of seven sections:

  • pre-event preparations and governance
  • resources: trained workforce
  • support capacity: surveillance
  • support capacity: risk assessment
  • event response management
  • post-event review
  • implementation of lessons learned

Source: ECDC, 20 June 2018