Lessons to be learned

Recommendations from the Lessons to Be Learned inquiry on British foot and mouth outbreak

source: Veterinary Record vol 151 no 4, July 27 2002 p99

The Lessons to be Learned inquiry into the way that the British government handled the 2001 foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak makes nine key recommendations. These are: using international and national surveillance, having comprehensive contingency plans ready, reacting fast to emergencies, explaining policies clearly to those wanting to know, delegating decisions and respecting local knowledge within a national strategy, using cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment, using information and data management systems that fit good practice, having laws that allow the government to give an effective response, and using the best science available to make policy decisions.