ERINHA Preparatory Phase PDF Imprimer

ERINHA & ERINHA2 projects

The development of the ERINHA infrastructure started on the 1st November 2010 by entering into a preparatory phase funded by the seventh Framework Programme of the European Union with a Community financial contribution of up to €3.6 Million (ERINHA project). In January 2016, an 18-month project was launched to finalise the preparatory phase. The ERINHA2 project is funded under the Horizon 2020 programme for a budget of €1.5 million.

The main purpose of preparatory phase is to implement the infrastructure to the level of legal, financial and organisational maturity required for implementation.


The objectives of preparatory phase were set out as follows:

  • Evaluating the needs for construction or major upgrades of BSL-4 structures;
  • Acquiring political and financial commitments from National, European or International entities to support construction and operation;
  • Establishing a financial plan for the construction phase taking into account the operational phase;
  • Defining appropriate governance and suitable legal framework;
  • Harmonising, standardising and disseminating procedures related to the management of dangerous biological resources, and related to biosafety and biosecurity issues;
  • Defining and implementing standardised training programmes for operating in BSL-4 facilities;
  • Identifying ERINHA users and organising the user’s access;
  • Defining the organisation between academic and industry activities within ERINHA;
  • Evaluating the ERINHA organisation with research and diagnosis pilot projects.


ERINHA preparatory phase achievements

  • Host country for Central Coorindation Unit selected - France
  • Consensus reached on the ERINHA concept
  • Governance structure agreed on
  • Favourable inital legal status selected and statutes drafted
  • Governance structure tested through pilot studies
  • Costs of running the Central Coordination Unit estimated
  • User requirements analysed
  • Harmonisation work: archiving/biobanking of risk group 4 materials
  • Potential future construction: estimation of costs of new BSL4 facilities, designs drawn up
  • ERINHA code of conduct agreed on (includes 11 SOPs)
  • Consensus reached on training activities and biosafety
  • Best practices and common standards for material handling within collection centres
  • Draft research strategy 

Completing the preparatory phase and moving towards implementation

While significant progress has already been made, the ERINHA2 project will ensure the preparatory phase objectives are obtained through the following workpackages (WP), under the coordination of Inserm, France.



Framework and operational capacity: leaders: Inserm/ISCIII)

This WP will focus on establishing the exact procedure required by each member state represented by the ERINHA2 consortium. Following the AEG’s recommendations in 2013, ERINHA2 will clearly determine “who decides what” at the ministerial level and will seek to actively involve appropriate deciders. A Steering Committee with representatives of each of ERINHA2’s Member States will be of paramount importance in the governance structure. ERINHA2 will finalise the decision on the legal status, select the host country of the Central Coordination Unit (CCU – Central hub) and develop a set of operational procedures for the functioning of the RI. Finally, WP2, will aim to obtain the signature of the founding members of ERINHA in an MoU and will prepare for the signature of a legally binding agreement in the construction phase.

Financial sustainability: leaders: Inserm

The financial plan – what the ERINHA RI costs to set up and run – will be revised and submitted to the Member States. To ensure the financial sustainability of the RI, the business plan developed in ERINHA (PP1) will be revised and linked to the research agenda. The business plan will be completed to include information on the science case, the business case and financial plan, description of access procedures, description of governance and decision-making, performance indicators and risk assessment.

Development of Research agenda for implementation phase: Leader: DH 

This WP will revise the ERINHA research agenda and timeline for research activities and services to be provided in light of the feedback and lessons learnt from the unprecedented Ebola outbreak.

Stakeholders and commitment; Leaders: Inserm and ITM 

Advocacy activities to present information produced in the other WPs to key stakeholders at a national, European and international level to gain financial commitment for the future infrastructure. Particular attention will be paid to developing the ERINHA user base.

ERINHA timeline towards implementation

Preparatory Phase 2: 1st Jan 2016 – 30 June 2017

Construction Phase: 1st July 2017 – 30 June 2018

Operation Phase: From 1st July 2018