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surveys such as the labour force survey and crime victimisation survey) and specific registers such as the hospital based Injury Data Base (IDB), the Community Road Accident Data Base (CARE), and the European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW);

Assess the health burden with respect to different consequences (fatality, hospital treatment), enabling the assessment of the impairment and financial burden;

Compare injury risks and risk determinants between countries as a key element of motivation for national efforts;

Identify risk factors in order to be in a position to assess the need for policy initiatives;

Measure progress and determine whether the targets of prevention plans are being met.

The statistical element of the system will be developed in collaboration with Member States using, where necessary, the Community Statistical Programme3 to promote synergy and avoid duplication.

4.1.2.Community support for exchange of good practice

The aim is to collate and widely disseminate information on prevention measures that have been proven to be successful by Community or national projects. The effective exchange of experiences will avoid duplication of work, facilitate maximum utilisation of available knowledge and secure greater benefits from limited resources.

Effective measures are set in different political sectors like public health, transport, workplace, consumer protection, education, welfare, as well as on different political levels. Effective exchange of experiences across the borders of these sectors is needed and should be provided by the public health sector. Community programmes such as the Public Health Programme4, the general Framework for Financing Community Actions in Support of Consumer Policy5 and the Research Programme6 should be used to support Community-wide exchange of information and evidence-based practices, which will also foster the sharing of resources for research, development and implementation and a greater consistency in measures and messages.

4.1.3.Community network of stakeholders

In order to be successful in injury prevention, it is essential to establish a network which enables the consolidation of expertise, efforts and outputs to deal with the immediate needs for preventing accidents and injuries effectively in the Community. The Commission will work with the authorities of the Member States, in particular the ministries of health and

3Decision 2367/2002/EC of European Parliament and the Council of 16 December 2002 on Community Statistical Programme 2003-2007, O J L 358, 31.12.2002, p.1.

4OJ L 271, 9.10.2002, p.1.

5Decision N°20/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 December 2003 establishing a general framework for financing Community actions in support of consumer policy for the years 2004 to 2007, OJ L 5, 9.1.2004, p.1.

6Decision No 1513/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2002 concerning the sixth framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, contributing to the creation of the European Research Area and to innovation (2002 to 2006), OJ L 232, 28.8.2002, p.1.


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