Workplan

The DECATHLON project work is being implemented through work packages (WP) a detailed description is provided below:

WP1: Advanced analytical knowledge centre
WP1: the Advanced Analytical Knowledge Centre, is the central technical WP to discuss best technical approaches for meeting the requirements for the methods to be developed as detailed in WP3-WP5. WP1 will evaluate emerging technologies to meet the project objectives. At the same time WP1 will take into account the performance parameters as identified in WP6 and the socio-economic aspects, including costs, as identified in WP7.    

WP2: Development of On-Site Applications
WP2 is closely linked to WP1, and thus to WP3-5 and aims to develop on-site applications of selected methods to fill the gap between the availability of specialized laboratory methods and the need for rapid, direct-use on-site devices. In addition, a road map for broader application of these methods will be drawn up for implementation in these and other areas with similar needs for DNA-based detection.

WP3: Improved detection of food pathogens
WP3 will detail current method requirements in the field of food pathogen detection and identification. The emphasis of this WP will be with improved methods for rapid and reliable EHEC detection and identification in relevant matrices. The on-site applications will focus on (newly identified) hazardous food pathogens.

WP4: GMO-related issues
WP4 will aim at 1) improving existing approaches to better meet current regulatory requirements, and 2) focus on the simultaneous cost-effective detection and identification of EU-unapproved GMOs (UGMOs), that may have not been assessed for their environmental and food/feed safety aspects. The on-site applications will focus on identified hazardous UGMOs.

WP5: Customs issues   
WP5 will work on identified customs issues related to tobacco: 1) identification of reconstituted tobacco on the basis of tobacco-specific DNA markers 2) distinction of different tobacco varieties and mixtures thereof. Furthermore, DNA methods as developed in WP1 will be applied to identify endangered plant and animal species. The on-site applications will focus on tobacco detection.

WP6: Minimum performance parameters (MPP) and validation aspects
WP6 will determine MPPs and validation criteria for all applied methods to be developed in WP3-5 (with the aid of WP1-2, and stakeholder information from WP7).

WP7: Communication, dissemination, exploitation and training
WP7 will be the central WP for the external communication and the assessment of socio-economic aspects of method development in WP3-5, as well as for all project-related training activities, also to underpin the validation studies in WP6. E-learning contents will be developed as a flexible approach to support the training.

WP8: Project Management  
This WP will closely monitor all progress within the individual WPs, as well as with respect to the overall project objectives.