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Andreas Schaper, GIZ-Nord Poisons Center (UMG)

This is a continuously updated list of abbreviations and other terms used in the ASHT III Project and the ECHEMNET Project


AAPCC - American Association of Poisons Control Centres

AEGL - Acute Exposure Guideline Levels

ASHT I - Development of an Alerting System and the Criteria for Development of a Health Surveillance System for the Deliberate Release of Chemicals by Terrorists

ASHT II - Alerting System for Chemical Health Threats, Phase II


  • Alerting, Reporting and Surveillance System for Chemical Health Threats, Phase III
  • Project on multi-sectoral preparedness and health-security: publich health preparedness and reponse planning in the field of pandemic influenza and other serious cross-border health threats, including bio-threats, official text from the contract (official title in the contract)

CARIMEC - Chemical and Radiation Inventory of Medical Countermeasures

CARRA-NET - Chemical and Radiation Risk Assessment Network

CBRN - Chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear (name of a subcommittee of the HSC)

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA

CECIS - Common Emergency Communication and Information System

CEFIC - Conseil Européen des Fédérations de l'Industrie Chimique, since 1972: Conseil Européen de l’Industrie Chimique

CEMM - Chemical Emergencies Medical Management Sheet

CERACI - Cross-border Exposure characterisation for Risk Assessment in Chemical Incidents

CERM - Chemical Emergency Casualty Risk Management Sheet

CEP - ASHT Clinical effect profile

CET - Central European Time

CHRU de Lille - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille, France

CIRCABC - Communication and Information Resource Centre for Administrations, Businesses and Citizens

COMAH - Control of Major Accident Hazards

CP - collaborating partners

CPM - civil protection mechanism

DESCA agreement - Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement

DG ECHO - Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection


  • French: Direction Générale de la santé et des consommateurs
  • English: Directorate General for Health and Consumers

DRATO RAS-CHEM - Developmental Version of the Risk Assessment Tier of RAS-CHEM (ASHT II)

EAHC - Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EU agency)

EAPCCT - European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists

EC - European Commission

ECDC - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm (EU agency)

ECHA - European Chemicals Agency, Helsinki (EU agency)

ECHEMNET - European Chemical Emergency Network

EFSA - European Food Safety Agency

EMSA - European Maritime and Safety Agency

ERPG - Emergency Response Planning Guidelines

EU - European Union

EUPC Forum - European Union Poisons Centres Forum (risk assessment tier of RAS-CHEM, under construction, to be managed by DG-SANCO)

EWRS - Early Warning and Response System für Communicable Diseases

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

FOI - Swedish Defense Research Agency

FSAI - Food Safety Authority of Ireland

 GFH (GUH) - Vseobecna Fakultni Nemocnice V Praze, The General Faculty Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic


  • Giftinformationszentrum-Nord der Länder Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen und Schleswig-Holstein, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen - Georg-August-Universität
  • GIZ-Nord Poisons Centre, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

GMT - Greenwich Mean Time

GPP - Generic Preparedness Planning

GUH (GFH) - see GFH

HEOF - Health Emergency Operations Facility (DG-SANCO)


  • Lietuvos Respublikos Sveikatos Apsaugos Ministerijos Ekstremaliu Sveikatei Centras
  • Health Emergency Situations Centre Ministry of Health, Vilnius, Lithuania

HIS - EU Health Security Initiative

HPA - Health Protection Agency, Chilton, UK

HSC - EU Health Security Committee (Committee of EU MS Ministry of Health representatives at DG SANCO)

IDLC - Immediate Dangerous to Life Concentration

IHR - International Health Regulations (WHO)

InVS - Institut de Veille Sanitaire, French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, France

Iridium (proper name, no abbreviation)


  • Instituto Superiore di Sanita
  • National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy

MASH - Mass Casulties ..

MedDRA - Medical Dictionary for Drug Regulatory Activities, maintained by MedDRA MSSO

MedDRA MSSO - MedDRA Maintenance and Support Service Organisation

MIC - Monitoring and Information Center

MoU - Memorandum of Understanding

MS - EU member states

NAPC - Nordic Association of Poisons Centres

NDA - Non-Disclosure Agreement

NHI (ISS) - see ISS (NHI)

OCPW - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

PCB - Polychlorinated Biphenyls

PC - Poisons (Control) Centre

PHE - Public Health England

PHEIC - Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (see ASHT I Final Implementation Report)


  • Helsedirektoratet
  • The Directorate for Health Affairs, Norway

PPE - Personal Protective Equipment

RAPEX - EU Rapid Alert System (for non-food consumer products)

RAS BICHAT - EU Rapid Alert System for Biological and Chemical Attacks and Threats

RAS-CHEM - EU Rapid Alert System for Chemicals

RASFF - EU Rapid Alert System For Food and Feed

RIVM - National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the Nederlands

RRA - Rapid Public Health Risk Assessment for Chemical Events

SOP - Standard Operation Procedure

TC - Teleconference

ToR - Terms of Reference

UMG-GOE (this abbreviation is used only within the ASHT project, official abbreviation is "UMG")

  • Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen,
  • University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

WHO - World Health Organisation

WP - Work package