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Consolidated text: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/570 of 8 April 2019 laying down rules for the implementation of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rescEU capacities and amending Commission Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU (notified under document C(2019) 2644) (Text with EEA relevance)Text with EEA relevance

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2019/570

of 8 April 2019

laying down rules for the implementation of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rescEU capacities and amending Commission Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU

(notified under document C(2019) 2644)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(OJ L 099 10.4.2019, p. 41)

Amended by:

 

 

Official Journal

  No

page

date

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2019/1930 of 18 November 2019

  L 299

55

20.11.2019

►M2

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2020/414 of 19 March 2020

  L 82I

1

19.3.2020

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2020/452 of 26 March 2020

  L 94I

1

27.3.2020

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/88 of 26 January 2021

  L 30

6

28.1.2021

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/1886 of 27 October 2021

  L 386

35

29.10.2021

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2022/288 of 22 February 2022

  L 43

68

24.2.2022

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2022/461 of 15 March 2022

  L 93

193

22.3.2022

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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2022/465 of 21 March 2022

  L 94

6

23.3.2022


Corrected by:

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Corrigendum, OJ L 145, 4.6.2019, p.  85 (2019/570)




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COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2019/570

of 8 April 2019

laying down rules for the implementation of Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards rescEU capacities and amending Commission Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU

(notified under document C(2019) 2644)

(Text with EEA relevance)



Article 1

Subject matter

This Decision lays down rules for the implementation of Decision No 1313/2013/EU as regards:

(a) 

the initial composition of rescEU in terms of capacities and its quality requirements;

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(b) 

the financing of capacities during the transitional period referred to in Article 35 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU;

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(c) 

total estimated costs of medical aerial evacuation rescEU capacities;

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(d) 

total estimated costs of emergency medical team type 3 rescEU capacities;

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(e) 

total estimated costs of medical stockpiling rescEU capacities;

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(f) 

the categories of low probability risks with a high impact;

(g) 

the rescEU capacities established to manage low probability risks with a high impact.

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Article 1a

Definitions

For the purposes of this Decision, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) 

‘medical aerial evacuation capacity (“Medevac”)’ means a response capacity that can be used for aerial evacuation of patients with highly infectious diseases as well as non-infectious diseases, such as patients in need of intensive care, patients who need to be immobilized during transport on stretchers and lightly injured patients;

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(2) 

‘Emergency medical team type 3 (Inpatient Referral Care)’ means a deployable emergency team of medical and other key personnel trained and equipped to treat patients affected by a disaster and which provides complex inpatient referral surgical care, including intensive care capacity;

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(3) 

‘Virtual shelter reserve’ means one or more arrangements with selected suppliers to be activated on-demand to deliver certain quantities of specific assets in a pre-defined timeframe;

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(4) 

‘Reach back’ means the process of obtaining support from entities that are not deployed in the field.

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Article 2

The initial composition of rescEU

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1.  

rescEU shall consist of the following capacities:

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aerial forest firefighting capacities,
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medical aerial evacuation capacities,

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— 
emergency medical team capacities,

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— 
medical stockpiling capacities,

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— 
capacities in the area of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents,

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— 
shelter capacities,

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— 
transport and logistics capacities.

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2.  

The capacities referred to in paragraph 1 shall include:

(a) 

aerial forest firefighting capacities using airplanes;

(b) 

aerial forest firefighting capacities using helicopters;

(c) 

medical aerial evacuation capacities for highly infectious disease patients;

(d) 

medical aerial evacuation capacities for disaster victims;

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(e) 

emergency medical team type 2 (Inpatient Surgical Emergency Care) or emergency medical team type 3 (Inpatient Referral Care) capacities, or both;

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(f) 

stockpiling of medical countermeasures or personal protective equipment aimed at combatting serious cross-border threats to health, as referred to in Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 );

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(g) 

chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) decontamination capacities;

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(h) 

chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) stockpiling capacities;

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(i) 

temporary shelter capacities;

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(j) 

transport and logistics capacities;

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(k) 

CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring capacities for the response to emergencies, for search activities, for the response to security events, and for the surveillance of major events;

(l) 

mobile laboratory capacities.

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3.  
The quality requirements for the capacities referred to in paragraph 2 are set out in the Annex.

Article 3

Financial arrangements for the rescEU capacities referred to in Article 35 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU

1.  
The Commission shall define in the annual work programme the criteria for awarding direct grants to cover the costs referred to in Article 35 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU which are necessary to ensure rapid access to capacities corresponding to those referred to in Article 2.
2.  
The costs referred to in Article 35 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU shall include stand-by costs, including if applicable, costs related to maintenance, costs related to staff, costs related to training, including the training of crew and technical staff, costs related to warehousing, costs related to insurance, as well as other costs necessary to ensure the effective availability of such capacities.

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Article 3a

Eligible costs of rescEU medical aerial evacuation, emergency medical team type 2 and type 3, medical stockpiling, CBRN decontamination, CBRN stockpiling, temporary shelter, transport, logistics, CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring, and mobile laboratory capacities

All cost categories referred to in Annex Ia to Decision No 1313/2013/EU shall be taken into account when calculating the total eligible cost of rescEU capacities.

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Article 3d

Categories of low probability risks with a high impact

For the purposes of establishing rescEU capacities necessary to respond to low probability risks with a high impact, the Commission shall take the following into account:

(a) 

the unpredictability or the extraordinary nature of a disaster;

(b) 

the scale of a disaster, including mass casualties, mass fatalities, and mass displacement;

(c) 

the protracted duration of a disaster;

(d) 

the degree of complexity of a disaster;

(e) 

the potential risk of severely disrupting the functioning of the national government, including the provision of social, environmental, economic and public health services or the disruption of critical infrastructure referred to in Article 2(a) of Council Directive 2008/114/EC ( 2 );

(f) 

geographical range, including the potential of impacts spreading beyond borders;

(g) 

other factors such as the activation in full mode of the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) arrangements of the Council or the invocation of the solidarity clause pursuant to Article 222 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Article 3e

rescEU capacities established to respond to low probability risks with a high impact

1.  
Capacities corresponding to events characterised by at least two of the categories, as specified in Article 3d, shall be established with the objective of responding to low probability risks with a high impact.
2.  
For every defined rescEU capacity under Article 2(2), the Commission shall consider whether the capacity can be established to respond to low probability risks with a high impact.

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3.  
rescEU capacities referred to in points (c) to (l) of Article 2(2) shall be established with the objective of managing low probability risks with a high impact.
4.  
Where rescEU capacities referred to in points (c) to (l) of Article 2(2) are deployed under the Union Mechanism, Union financial assistance shall cover 100 % of the operational costs, pursuant to Article 23(4b) of Decision No 1313/2013/EU.

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Article 4

Amendment to Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU

Chapter 7 of Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU is deleted.

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Addressees

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.




ANNEX

QUALITY REQUIREMENTS FOR RESCEU CAPACITIES

1.    Aerial forest firefighting capacities using airplanes



Tasks

— Contribute to the extinction of large forest and vegetal fires by performing aerial firefighting.

Capacities

— 2 airplanes with a minimum capacity of 3 000 litres each or 1 airplane with a minimum capacity of 8 000 litres (1).

— Ability to perform continuous operations.

Main components

— Airplane.

— Minimum of two crews.

— Technical staff.

— Field maintenance kit.

— Communication equipment allowing air-to-air and air-to-ground communication.

Self-sufficiency

— Equipment storage and maintenance of the equipment of the module;

— Equipment for the communication with the relevant partners, notably those in charge of the coordination on site.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 3 hours after the acceptance of the offer in the case of a rapid intervention response (2).

— Ability to be deployed in a range of 2 000 km within maximum 24 hours.

(1)   

Such requirements may be subject to review based on possible developments on the market of aerial forest firefighting capacities, including in relation to the availability of spare parts.

(2)   

Rapid intervention response is a response operation lasting maximum one day including the flight to and from the site where the rescEU capacity is positioned.

2.    Aerial forest firefighting capacities using helicopters



Tasks

—  ►C1  Contribute to the extinction of large forest and vegetal fires by performing aerial firefighting ◄ .

Capacities

— 1 helicopter with a minimum capacity of 3 000 litres (1)

— Ability to perform continuous operations.

Main components

— Helicopter with minimum two crews.

— Technical staff.

— Water bucket or releasing kit.

— 1 maintenance set.

— 1 spare parts set.

— Rescue hoists.

— Communication equipment allowing air-to-air and air-to-ground communication.

Self-sufficiency

— Equipment storage and maintenance of the equipment of the module;

— Equipment for the communication with the relevant partners, notably those in charge of the coordination on site.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 3 hours after the acceptance of the offer in the case of a rapid intervention response (2).

— Ability to be deployed in a range of 2 000 km within maximum 24 hours.

(1)   

For the purposes of implementing Article 35 of Decision No 1313/2013/EU and when justified based on assessment of regional vulnerability, aerial forest firefighting capacities using helicopters may be composed of maximum 3 helicopters with a total minimum capacity of 3 000 litres.

(2)   

Rapid intervention response is a response operation lasting maximum one day including the flight to and from the site where the rescEU capacity is positioned.

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3.    Medical aerial evacuation capacities for highly infectious disease patients



Tasks

— Aerial transport, including in-flight treatment of highly infectious disease (HID) patients to specialised health facilities in the Union.

Capacities

— Aircraft with a capacity to transport one or more HID patient per flight;

— Ability to fly day and night.

Main components

— System for safe in-flight medical treatment of HID patients, including intensive care (1):

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— Appropriately trained medical personnel to provide care for one or more HID patient;

— Dedicated on-board technical and medical equipment to provide care to HID patients during the flight;

— Appropriate procedures ensuring isolation and treatment of HID patients during the aerial transport.

— Support:

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— Aircrew adapted to the number of HID patients and the timeframe of the flight;

— Appropriate procedures ensuring the handling of equipment and waste as well as decontamination according to established international standards, including, where applicable, relevant Union legislation.

Self-sufficiency

— Equipment storage and maintenance of the equipment of the module;

— Equipment for communication with the relevant partners, notably those in charge of the coordination on site.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 24 hours after the acceptance of the offer;

— For intercontinental evacuations, ability to perform a 12-hour flight without refuelling.

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Such system may include the containerised approach.

4.    Medical aerial evacuation capacities for disaster victims



Tasks

— Aerial transport of disaster victims to health facilities in the Union.

Capacities

— Aircraft with an overall capacity to transport at least six patients in need of intensive care and with a capacity to transport patients on stretchers or sitting patients, or both;

— Ability to fly day and night.

Main components

— In-flight medical treatment, including intensive care:

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— Appropriately trained medical personnel capable of providing on-board medical treatment for the different types of patients;

— Dedicated on-board technical and medical equipment to provide continuous appropriate care for the different types of patients during the flight;

— Appropriate procedures ensuring transport and in-flight treatment of patients.

— Support:

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— Aircrew and medical personnel adapted to the number and types of patients and the timeframe of the flight.

Self-sufficiency

— Equipment storage and maintenance of the equipment of the module;

— Equipment for communication with relevant partners, notably those in charge of the coordination on site.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 24 hours after the acceptance of the offer;

— For airplanes, an ability to perform a 6-hour flight without refuelling.

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5.    Emergency medical team type 2 (Inpatient Surgical Emergency Care) or emergency medical team type 3 (Inpatient Referral Care) capacities, or both



Tasks

— Provide type 2 (Inpatient Surgical Emergency Care) or type 3 (Inpatient Referral Care), or both, as described by the WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative.

— Provide specialised care or support functions, including if needed via specialised care teams as described by the WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative.

Capacities

— Minimum treatment capability in accordance, where available, with the standards of the WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative.

— Day and night services (covering 24/7 if necessary).

Main components

— In accordance, where available, with the standards of the WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative.

Self-sufficiency

— The team should ensure self-sufficiency during the entire deployment time in accordance with the standards of the WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative. Article 12 of Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU applies.

Deployment

— Availability for departure in maximum 48-72 hours after the acceptance of the offer, and ability to become operational on site according to WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative.

— Ability to be operational in accordance with the standards of the WHO global Emergency Medical Team initiative.

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6.    Stockpiling of medical countermeasures and/or personal protective equipment aimed at combatting serious cross-border threats to health



Tasks

— Stockpiling of medical countermeasures, comprising of vaccines or therapeutics, intensive care medical equipment, personal protective equipment, or laboratory supplies, for the purpose of preparedness and response to a serious cross-border threat to health (1).

Capacities

— Adequate number of doses of vaccines necessary for individuals considered to be at risk (2) linked to one or more cases of serious cross-border threats to health.

— Adequate number of doses of therapeutics necessary to treat one or more cases of serious cross-border threats to health.

— Vaccines and therapeutics shall fulfil one of the following requirements:

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— Marketing authorisation from EMA;

— A positive recommendation for compassionate or emergency use from EMA or a national regulatory agency of a Member State;

— A positive recommendation for expanded or emergency use from WHO and acceptance by at least one National Regulatory Agency of a Member State.

— Adequate intensive care medical equipment (3), to provide supportive care to one or more cases of serious cross-border threats to health, in accordance with WHO standards.

— Adequate number of sets of personal protective equipment (4) for individuals considered to be at risk (5) linked to one or more cases of serious cross-border threats to health, in accordance with the standards of the ECDC and the WHO.

— Adequate number of laboratory supplies, including sampling material, laboratory reagents, equipment and consumables (6), to ensure laboratory diagnosis capacity for one or more cases of serious cross-border threats to health.

Main components

— Appropriate storage facilities in the Union (7) and adequate stockpiling monitoring system.

— Appropriate procedures ensuring the adequate packaging, transport and delivery of the products referred to under capacities, where needed.

— Appropriately trained personnel to handle, and administer the products referred to under capacities.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 12 hours after the acceptance of the offer.

(1)   

As defined in Decision No 1082/2013/EU.

(2)   

Individuals considered at risk may comprise: high risk potential contacts, first responders, laboratory workers, health care workers, family members and other defined vulnerable groups.

(3)   

This may comprise, but is not limited to, intensive care ventilators.

(4)   

Covering the following categories: (i) eye protection; (ii) hand protection; (iii) respiratory protection; (iv) body protection; and (v) foot protection.

(5)   

See footnote 2.

(6)   

This may include, but is not limited to, RT-PCR reagents, such as enzymes, RNA extraction reagents, RNA extraction machine time, PCR machine time, primer and probe reagents, positive control reagents, PCR laboratory consumables (e.g. tubes, plates) and disinfectants.

(7)   

For the purposes of the logistics of storage facilities, ‘in the Union’ encompasses the territories of Member States and Participating States of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

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7.    Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear decontamination



Tasks

— Decontaminate from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents of infrastructure, buildings, vehicles, equipment, critical evidence or affected persons, including fatalities.

Capacities

— Adequate decontamination capability for infrastructure, buildings, vehicles, equipment and critical evidence;

— If the capacity covers the decontamination of persons, adequate decontamination capability for at least 200 ambulant persons per hour and 20 non-ambulant persons per hour as well as fatalities;

— Ability to decontaminate from common toxic industrial chemicals, recognised warfare agents, biological infectious agents (pathogens) and toxins, and radionuclides;

— Ability to erect temporary decontamination facilities within a safe radius, to monitor the decontamination area in order to keep the work environment safe and to evaluate the decontamination effectiveness.

Main components

— Appropriate equipment, technology and solutions to decontaminate from common toxic industrial chemicals, recognised warfare agents, biological infectious agents (pathogens) and toxins and, radionuclides;

— Appropriate equipment to monitor progress of decontamination operations;

— Appropriate equipment and personnel to perform decontamination of infrastructure, buildings, vehicles, equipment, critical evidence and capabilities;

— If the capacity covers the decontamination of persons, appropriate equipment and personnel to perform decontamination of ambulant and non-ambulant persons;

— Appropriate capability and procedures to monitor the decontamination area to keep the work environment safe and to verify the decontamination effectiveness;

— Appropriate personal protective equipment to operate safely in a contaminated environment for the complete period of deployment;

— Adequate pumping system and containers to take-up water locally;

— Secure and safe waste management system and procedures during and after decontamination, including containment solutions to temporarily and safely store contaminated waste, pumps, waste combustion remains, contaminated water and wastewater treatment equipment. The management of hazardous waste, including contaminated water and other by-products, will be carried out in accordance with relevant Union or international regulations, or the legislation of the host nation, whichever is more stringent and with support from the host nation.

Self-sufficiency

— Article 12(1) and (2) of Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU applies;

— Ability to decontaminate the capacity’s own personnel.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 12 hours after the acceptance of the offer;

— Ability to maintain operations for at least 14 continuous days.

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8.    Stockpiling of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear countermeasures and/or personal protective equipment aimed at assistance in the area of CBRN



Tasks

— Stockpiling of CBRN countermeasures, comprising though not limited to, personal protective equipment, devices, laboratory supplies and logistics elements, as well as complementing and supporting other rescEU capacities, such as the CBRN decontamination and detection, surveillance and monitoring capacities for the purpose of preparedness and response to a CBRN event, including in response to cross-border threats to health (1).

Capacities

— Materials and systems (2) for decontaminating persons, infrastructure, buildings, vehicles, sensitive equipment and/or critical evidence, including from potential contamination with toxic industrial chemicals, recognised warfare agents, biological infectious agents (pathogens), biotoxins and radionuclides;

— materials and devices necessary for detection, sampling, identification, surveillance and monitoring in order to keep safe an environment potentially exposed to CBRN agents;

— materials and systems necessary for the containment of contamination and the management of waste and harmful by-products, including for contaminated water and clothes;

— materials and systems necessary for fire containment and suppression in a CBRN event;

— medical first line treatments, vaccines (3), relevant generic rapid diagnostic kits and antidotes against CBRN agents (e.g. atropine and iodine tablets);

— support and disposable materials such as discharges and consumables that are complementary for CBRN response, tools needed for maintenance and stand-by (e.g. air bottle filler), containers for polluted or contaminated material of different agents;

— CBRN related logistics support elements such as, but not limited to, tents, logistic containers, equipment for transporting victims, and decontamination tents at hospitals;

— personal protective equipment (4) and their regeneration or refill systems, if applicable, for individuals considered to be at risk (5) both as front line workers and population;

— laboratory supplies, including sampling material, laboratory reagents, equipment and consumables (6), to ensure laboratory capacity for CBRN-related risks;

— body bags for CBRN contaminated fatalities;

— any other items as needed, according to the identified risk.

Main components

— Appropriate storage facilities in the Union (7) and adequate stockpiling monitoring system;

— appropriate procedures ensuring the adequate packaging, transport and delivery of the products referred to under capacities, where needed;

— appropriately trained personnel to oversee and handle the products referred to under capacities;

— appropriate level of compliance with international standards and operation models, such as EU, WHO or NATO standards, including, where applicable, relevant Union legislation.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 12 hours after the acceptance of the offer.

(1)   

As defined in Decision No 1082/2013/EU.

(2)   

Such as PPE regeneration and refill systems.

(3)   

The quality requirements for vaccines should be those under point 6 above.

(4)   

Covering the following categories: (i) eye protection; (ii) hand protection; (iii) respiratory protection; (iv) body protection; and (v) foot protection, in different sizes.

(5)   

See footnote 2.

(6)   

This may include, but is not limited to, RT-PCR reagents, such as enzymes, RNA extraction reagents, RNA extraction machine time, PCR machine time, primer and probe reagents, positive control reagents, PCR laboratory consumables (e.g. tubes and plates) and disinfectants.

(7)   

For the purposes of the logistics of storage facilities, ‘in the Union’ encompasses the territories of Member States and Participating States of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

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9.    Temporary shelter capacities



Tasks

— Provide temporary shelter to affected population, including space for housing, hygiene and sanitation, basic medical service and social gathering.

— Provide staff to handle, mobilise, assemble, put in place and maintain shelter units when required. Where a handover takes place, train the relevant personnel (local and/or international) before the pull out of the shelter capacity.

Capacities

— Shelter capacity (1) composed by assets capable to shelter –when deployed simultaneously – a minimum of 5 000 persons.

— The capacity is to be constituted by a physical reserve or of a virtual shelter reserve of shelter units, or both.

Main components

— Shelter units with heating (for winter conditions), appropriate aeration systems (for summer conditions), and basic material, such as beds with sleeping-bag and/or blankets.

— Sanitation and hygiene facilities.

— Infirmary for basic medical services.

— Multi-purpose facilities for preparation and consumption of food, distribution of drinkable water, social assembling.

— Power generators and lighting equipment.

— Basic hygiene kits.

— Appropriate storage facilities in the Union (2), logistics and adequate stockpiling monitoring system.

— Appropriate arrangements ensuring the adequate transport and delivery of the units.

— Appropriately trained personnel and assets to handle, mobilise, assemble, put in place and maintain physical assets in the affected area.

Self-sufficiency

— The capacity is to ensure self-sufficiency during the first 96 hours of deployment.

— Article 12 of Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU applies.

Deployment

— Availability for departure of physical reserve maximum 24 hours after the acceptance of the offer.

— The duration of the mission and, if applicable, the start of the handover process are to be defined in agreement with the affected country.

(1)   

The shelter capacity is to comply with the minimum shelter standards of the chapter ‘Shelter and Settlement’ of the ‘Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response’. Vulnerable people’s needs are to be considered.

(2)   

For the purposes of the logistics of storage facilities, ‘in the Union’ encompasses the territories of Member States and Participating States to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

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10.    Transport and Logistics Capacity



Tasks

— Provide transport and related logistics services for persons, including patients and teams involved in response operations, material, or equipment, or a combination of the aforementioned.

— The tasks described under sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 may be included.

Capacities

— For airplanes, the ability to transport at least 35 persons or to transport at least 7 tonnes of material, or both.

— Ability to operate day and night.

— Ability to ensure relevant logistical support functions (such as loading/unloading of material).

— Ability to perform, where necessary, in operationally challenging circumstances (1).

— Ability to perform, where necessary, the transport and logistical handling of special goods (2) according to relevant international standards.

Main components

— Crew adapted to the performed tasks and the timeframe of the operations.

— Technical staff adequately equipped and trained to perform the different tasks defined above.

— Adequate communication equipment (such as air-to-air and air-to-ground communication for aerial capacities).

— Integrated module for logistics operations, such as loading/unloading operations.

Self-sufficiency

— Storage and maintenance of the different equipment of the capacity.

— Equipment for communication with relevant partners, notably those in charge of the coordination on site.

Deployment

— Availability for departure maximum 12 hours after the acceptance of the offer.

— For airplanes, ability to perform a flight of minimum 2 000 nautical miles (3 700  km) at 5 tonnes payload without refuelling.

(1)   

For aerial capacities, such circumstances may encompass circumstances in which runways for taking-off or landing are not available, or they are short or damaged.

(2)   

Such as dangerous goods, medical supplies, cold-chain logistics to transport vaccines, etc.

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11.    CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring capacity, for the response to emergencies, for search activities, for the response to security events and for the surveillance of major events



Tasks

— Deployable and reach back CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring capacity, for the response to emergencies, for search activities, for the response to security events and for the surveillance of major events (1).

Capacities

— Ability to provide operational support for the response to emergencies (2), through in-field CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring.

— Ability to support search activities, through in-field CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring.

— Ability to provide operational support for the response to security events, through in-field CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring. This shall include the ability to support the competent authority of the requesting Member State or third country (3) in its effort to preserve and gather forensic evidence, to secure the chain of custody and to protect classified information.

— Ability to support surveillance operations for major events through in-field CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring.

— Ability to provide non-deployed reach back technical assessment support for CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring activities, as well as to address safety concerns related to these activities.

— Ability to prepare for and address operational challenges to implement CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring activities in the requesting Member State or third country, considering the hazard and threat assessments, plans, procedures and protocols of the requesting Member State or third country.

— Ability to operate under the direction of the requesting Member State, as referred to in Article 12(6) and (7) of Decision No 1313/2013/EU, and to provide effective operational liaison and coordination abilities with the relevant authorities of the requesting Member State. (4)

Main components

— Pool of experts capable of assessing and planning CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring activities, based on hazard and threat assessments of the Member State or third country.

— Deployable pool of experts capable to perform CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring, for the response to emergencies, for search activities, for the response to security events and for surveillance activities.

— Deployable CBRN detection, sampling, identification and monitoring equipment and tools, as well as all required supporting equipment, tools, resources, vehicles, consumables, secured communication, data exchange and information technologies, and small field laboratories (5), as deemed necessary to ensure the capacity’s functionality.

— Deployable equipment, tools, resources and consumables, as well as an appropriate management system, to handle the contaminated waste caused by the detection, sampling, identification and monitoring activities.

— Operational reach back capability for technical and operational assessment, especially in the area of identification, sampling and safety.

— Appropriate equipment, procedures, tools, resources and consumables to ensure the safety of the personnel while operating in a hazardous environment, such as appropriate detectors, personal protective equipment or decontamination components, in accordance with existing applicable legal requirements and applicable international standards.

Self-sufficiency

— Article 12 of Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU applies.

Deployment

— Availability for departure of the deployable components and availability to provide reach back technical assessment support maximum 12 hours after the acceptance of the offer.

— Ability to maintain operations for at least 14 continuous days.

— The capacity may be pre-positioned in cases of requests of assistance according with Article 15(2) of Decision 1313/2013/EU and based on national threat assessments indicating an exceptional situation of increased risk.

(1)   

Any event that based on national threat assessments may require CBRN surveillance activities (e.g. large public gatherings, sport events, meetings of heads of state, music concerts, world expositions).

(2)   

This shall cover any type of natural or man-made emergency involving hazardous materials or CBRN substances. Examples are emergencies resulting from natural disasters, from industrial, transport or research activities, from criminal or intentional unauthorized acts, terrorist acts or armed conflicts, or from satellite crashes and space debris.

(3)   

In accordance with Article 12(10) of Decision 1313/2013/EU, if a disaster outside the Union could significantly affect one or more Member States or their citizens, rescEU capacities may be deployed.

(4)   

Such as authorities related to civil protection, law enforcement, intelligence, explosive ordnance disposal or technical support.

(5)   

E.g. to support the initial analysis of samples.

12.    Mobile laboratory capacities



Tasks

— Provide a modular, flexible and adaptable mobile laboratory capable of detecting, analysing or verifying pathogens or CBRN substances.

Capacities

— Ability to manage laboratory activities.

— Ability to conduct testing and analysis following existing applicable international standards, guidelines and best practices.

— Ability to handle pathogens or CBRN substances of different risk groups and store, transmit and manage related data and analytical results in a secure and safe manner.

— Ability to support public health investigation, report results, and perform verification while preserving the chain of custody and protecting classified information.

Main components

Experts

— Appropriately trained and adequately equipped personnel to perform the different tasks as defined under tasks.

Logistics

— Develop appropriate operational procedures.

— Knowledge of custom rules and specific requirements related to border crossing of mobile laboratory equipment, reagents and staff members.

Information management

— Communication system with secure and non-secure IT network (LAN) to ensure internet connection, data management and data exchange, including in remote areas

— Laboratory information management system.

Equipment

— Appropriate equipment and consumables required to perform essential tasks and functions.

— Appropriate supporting systems tools and resources to perform essential tasks and functions.

Safety

— Appropriate equipment, procedures, tools, resources and consumables, including appropriate waste management systems, to ensure the safety of the personnel, the surrounding population and the environment while operating with hazardous CBRN substances or pathogens, in accordance with existing applicable legal requirements and applicable international standards.

Self-sufficiency

— The capacity should ensure self-sufficiency for at least 14 days.

— Article 12(1) and (2) of Implementing Decision 2014/762/EU applies.

Deployment

— Availability for departure in maximum 12 hours after the acceptance of the offer



( 1 ) Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 2119/98/EC (OJ L 293, 5.11.2013, p. 1).

( 2 ) Council Directive 2008/114/EC of 8 December 2008 on the identification and designation of European critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve their protection (OJ L 345, 23.12.2008, p. 75).

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