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Regional Working Groups will be created to identify and analyse the different emerging toxins and existing detection methods and procedures for marine food in their regions, as well as previous projects. They will also have as objective to gather stakeholders´ opinions in each territory. As an average, 3 industry representatives per Region will be involved, as well as one Regional Government representative per Region which should sign an agreement / Letter of Intent to get involved in the Regional Working Groups. A web-based platform, ALERTOX-NET Network, will be created to guarantee the sustainability of the project. This website will showcase the detecting toxicity systems developed by the RTOs for relevant industries (from sectors exploiting marine origin products, like fisheries, seafood, aquaculture, canning, food manufacturing…) and administrations over the project implementation. Industry will be able to reflect in it their demands in terms of integration of methods and procedures within the whole value chain and, specifically, relating to food processing protocols. It will increase the interaction among providers (RTOs) and end-users (industry and administration) and promote the market uptake of analytical and toxicity detection procedures and methods. Once the ALERTOX-NET Network is fully set-up, it will be launched at EU level to cover all actors in the Atlantic Region. An Exploitation Plan will be defined stating how the project results (namely DETECTION METHODS) will be exploited. All partners will be involved, but USC will be in charge of centralising all information from members of the consortium aiming to elaborate jointly the main outputs of this Activity. FCUP will develop the Platform in cooperation with USC, conveying the information provided by the RTOs.

The Consortium covers stakeholders affected by toxicity in marine food: RTO´s (USC, QUB, NUIG, FCUP, AZTI, MI, CIFGA and CEA), Surveillance Agencies for regional/national governments (IFREMER, INTECMAR and CEFAS), and Associated Partners (3 in total) that represent the industry and will involve it in the project to pilot the Alert System. Thanks to the creation of REGIONAL WORKING GROUPS, partners will be in direct contact with other RTO´s, decision-makers and regional end-users. They will collect their opinions before building the detection system so that it has a better acceptance among them. The ALERTOX-NET Network will enable them to interact and share information, showcase the project results and promote the market uptake of toxicity detection procedures and methods. The Network will extend to stakeholders of different regions and Member States in the EU, aiming to be a reference in emerging toxins detection. Partners´ profile relevance, previous joint collaborations and own networks will contribute to build not only a Network, but a Cluster of Excellence at EU level. Publications will be issued to raise awareness at regional, national and European level, namely: a recommendation of a regulatory framework for emerging toxins (see Activity WP4) based on results and the potential risks of toxins, targeting policy makers; and an Adopt Guide on the System for the end-users. The exploitation plan will identifying stakeholders and markets to exploit project results.