A set of training materials for professionals working in intervention epidemiology, public health microbiology and infection control and hospital hygiene.
I am not certain if the IHR will bring the desired harmonisation, but tim will tell.
Good question. Even though the IHR seems to have the status of a law (or at least international legislation), there does not seem to be a penalty system if there is no compliance. So then it can at least be considered a standard.
Whether or not the standard will be followed, that is probably as always a matter of (political) will.
What we (ECDC) can contribute, is to demonstrate in our dialogues with Member State experts how we can use the IHR to arrange core disease prevention and control activities. Also by using it a guide for the trainings that we organise, hopefully it will become more and more 'common sense'.
And indeed, also for these plans: time will tell :)