The main mode for ECDC to interact with the Member States on scientific and technical work is within networks
linked to Competent Bodies in the countries. In each Member State there is a Coordinating Competent Body
(CCB) with a National Coordinator (NC) responsible for institutional contacts with ECDC, as well as National Focal Points (NFPs) and Operational Contacts Points (OCP) responsible for strategic and operational collaboration on technical and scientific issues for specific diseases areas and public health functions. The various networks consist of NFPs and OCPs within the areas of ECDC work.
Common terms of reference
for the NFPs, OCPs, and Network Coordination Committees have been developed in order to consolidate the structures, functions, and work processes of the networks.
Public health networks
The NFPs and OCPs for the below public health functions constitute the ECDC Public Health Networks. Within the ECDC, each of the Public Health Networks is coordinated by the relevant ECDC section:
- Preparedness and Response
- Public Health Training
- Scientific Advice Coordination
- Threat Detection.
The Microbiology Network includes the NFPs for Microbiology and the OCPs for Microbiology in all the Disease Networks, likewise the Surveillance Network includes the NFPs for surveillance and the OCPs for epidemiology microbiology (when appropriate, e.g. for laboratory based surveillance) and TESSy interactions in all the disease networks.
The Disease Networks consist of the disease group-specific NFPs and OCPs for disease-related interactions. Within the ECDC, each of the Disease Networks is coordinated by one of the ECDC Disease Programmes.
Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections
Emerging and vector-borne diseases
Food- and waterborne diseases, zoonoses
HIV, STI and blood-borne viruses
Vaccine preventable diseases and invasive bacterial infections
*The titles of these networks are currently under discussion.