Annual Report of the Scientific Network on BSE‐TSE 2022
Establishing a system of Networks of organisations operating in the fields within EFSA's mission is among the tasks of EFSA, according to Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, in order to facilitate a scientific cooperation framework by the coordination of activities, the exchange of information, the development and implementation of joint projects, the exchange of expertise and best practices. The EFSA Scientific Network on bovine spongiform encephalopathies and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (BSE-TSE) was established in 2006 and held its 17th annual meeting on 13-14 October 2022, as a hybrid meeting. The meeting served as an opportunity to exchange scientific information on BSE-TSE related issues among EU Member States, countries from the European Free Trade Association, EU candidate countries, EFSA, the European Commission (EC) and ad hoc participants [in the 2022 meeting, represented by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)]. The topics discussed included: update on the situation and surveillance of CWD in North America and Norway, the molecular characterization of emergent CWD strains in Europe, the impact of feed ban on L-BSE, the history experimental models using non-human primates assessing transmissibility, pathogenesis and resistance of prions, a online real-time pulse survey on the network and TSE in Europe, recent and ongoing activities on TSE of EFSA, WOAH and EC, as well as the preliminary results of the 2021 EU TSE summary report.