The ENIVD Network is a network of expert laboratories on imported viral diseases, funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The network supports ECDC in:
• assisting EU Member States, Candidate Countries and the EEA countries in detecting, investigating and responding to outbreak-prone diseases, imported, rare and unknown viruses;
• providing support and capacity building, in particular related to laboratory diagnostics of these viruses;
In addition to networking, ENIVD conducts External Quality Assessment (EQA) studies in order to assess the diagnostic quality and capacity of expert laboratories and publishes the results. It offers advice and support to the EQA participants to help improving their techniques and procedures. The network also supported the pilot phase from 2008 to 2011 of the European Public Health Microbiologist training programme (EUPHEM) providing the coordination and the training sites in several locations (the training programme is now run by ECDC). It now provides training modules for network members on various laboratory related matters (diagnostic procedures, sample handling, etc…) and produces also technical guidance documents.
ENIVD homepage: www.enivd.org