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Microbiology activities at ECDC

Laboratory capabilities

Molecular typing

EU integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

Collaboration with other organisations

Laboratories networks

Training in public health microbiology

External quality assessment

Advice and technical guidance

Technology assessment

Supranational reference services

Laboratory support for outbreak investigation 

 
 
 

Laboratory capabilities

 
ECDC is developing a system for monitoring of microbiology capabilities for surveillance and epidemic preparedness. The primary use of this system is to assess public health microbiology vulnerabilities. It will be used to identify priorities and monitor the impact of capacity building activities and system reforms at national and EU/ international levels on essential public health functions provided by microbiology laboratories.  

 

Molecular typing


ECDC has developed a roadmap for integration of molecular typing into European surveillance and epidemic preparedness. This roadmap complements the ECDC Long-Term Surveillance Strategy and guide ECDC molecular typing activities.

 
In the molecular surveillance pilot project, TESSy has been opened up for collection and analysis of selected molecular typing data for four pathogens (PFGE and MLVA for Salmonella, PFGE for VTEC and L. monocytogenes and MIRU-VNTR and spoligotyping for M. tuberculosis).
 

Publications:

•Strategy and roadmap for integration of molecular typing into European level surveillance and epidemic preparedness (to be published)
 

EU integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

 
A cross-cutting EU integrated surveillance and epidemic intelligence of antimicrobial resistance in human and zoonotic pathogens is being developed by the ECDC Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections programme and other ECDC disease programmes , members and coordination group of the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), Microbiology coordination team, surveillance and epidemic intelligence experts in close consultation with National Antimicrobial Resistance Focal Points, the Advisory Forum and the Commission.

 

Collaboration with other organisations

 

 

Laboratories networks

 
ECDC supports laboratory networks in Europe by coordinating network activities, external quality assessments and training schemes. 
 

Training in public health microbiology

 
Training activities funded by ECDC are defined after a capacity assessment, a request from the laboratory network or the introduction of new laboratory methods. Training objectives are for example:
 
  • Improving capacity of detection and PCR-ribotyping
  • Improving capacity of detection and molecular analysis
  • Improving capacity of detection and molecular analysis
  • Virus culture and characterisation
 

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External quality assessment

 
ECDC encourages adoption of EU and ISO quality standards for reference laboratory services by its partners in EU laboratory networks and in line with national arrangements and regulations.
 
ECDC is supporting a large number of targeted External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes with voluntary participation by reference or primary laboratories, which are active members of EU surveillance networks. Most common rationales for funding EQAs were: “Proficiency/capability assessment” followed by “Introduction of new method” and “Network request”.
 

Publications: 

 

Advice and technical guidance

 
ECDC provides microbiology related advice and technical guidance to laboratories members of EU networks. This includes:

 
  • Definition of the mechanisms of resistances, an outline description of recommended methods of detection
  • Harmonisation of typing methods and sample frames
  • Risk assessment, public health impact analysis
  • Protocols
 

Technology assessment

 
ECDC runs activities related to the assessment of the accuracy or effectiveness of a new method (e.g. evaluation of kits, systematic reviews) for pathogen detection or characterisation of importance to public health.
 

Supranational reference services

 
Services for detection and/or further characterisation of pathogens are provided within the contract with ECDC. These include:
 
  • Testing of new technology
  • Epidemic response support
  • Detection support
  • Confirmation support
  • Typing support.
 

Laboratory support for outbreak investigation

 
Some ECDC surveillance networks (ENIVD, ELDSNet, EISN/CNRL) offer support to laboratories members of EU networks for outbreak preparedness and response.

 

 

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