The European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network aims to maintain and further develop surveillance activities and thereby contribute to the international progress both in the TB epidemiology and laboratory fields. Since January 2008 ECDC and WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO) have jointly assumed the coordination of surveillance activities.
Composition and tasks
European TB surveillance network members from EU/EEA countries electronically submit their national data to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) database hosted by ECDC. Network members from the remaining countries in the region report to the WHO Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation (TME) database. By default, data submitted refer to cases reported at national level in the previous year, but treatment outcome data may refer to cases started on treatment up to two years previously. Members are crucial in validating the data prior to analysis and verifying the accuracy of the report.
Once per year, the network meets to discuss TB epidemiology in Europe and progress towards elimination. Network members learn about changes in the common metadata and case definition and share good reporting practices to improve data quality and comparability.
The European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network is a continuation of the former European Tuberculosis Surveillance Programme (EURO TB) that was hosted by the Institut de Veille Sanitaire in France and carried out TB surveillance in the WHO European Region from 1996 to 2007. In January 2008, ECDC and WHO/Europe jointly assumed the coordination of the network. The historical TB surveilance data were migrated to TESSy.