About us

The “European Scientific Association for Health and Hygiene in Maritime Transport”, under the distinctive title of “EU SHIPSAN ASSOCIATION” is a legal entity in the form of a civil association of non-profit purpose.

The EU SHIPSAN ASSOCIATION was established in 2018 in order to ensure the continuation and sustainability of the activities of the EU SHIPSAN ACT joint action. The association now consists of a total of 114 members of which 20 founding, 5 ordinary, 5 honorary and 84 Observers from 25 countries including 18 EU (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain) and Australia, Canada, Norway, Serbia, United Kingdom, United States of America and Taiwan CDC.

The main purpose of EU SHIPSAN ASSOCIATION is to support and participate in the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action and all relevant forthcoming actions in, amongst or in cooperation with EU member States and EU authorities, including all relevant future programs, actions or projects.

EU SHIPSAN ASSOCIATION is actively involved in the public health areas related to ships and more specifically:

  • Provides secretarial support for the implementation of the EU inspection program according to the European Manual for Hygiene Standards and Communicable Disease Surveillance on Passenger Ships,
  • Organises training programmes for the cruise industry and the public health authorities.
  • Support the operation, maintenance and development of information systems related to maritime public health (SIS)
  • Provides support to the development of guidelines on specific public health issues
  • Organises and supports dissemination and communication activities


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