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EVD LabNet: Emerging Viral Diseases-Expert Laboratory Network

The EVD-LabNet (Emerging Viral Diseases-Expert Laboratory Network) is a European Network of Expert Laboratories supporting ECDC for early detection and surveillance of (re)emerging viral diseases in the EU/EEA, and for providing scientific advice.

This network is a follow-up of the Network for diagnostics of "imported" viral diseases (ENIVD) collaborative action.

The EVD-LabNet provides support to EU Member States, EEA countries and EU Candidate Countries in the following areas:

• Identifying (early detection and surveillance) and assessing current and emerging threats to human health from communicable diseases, in particular (re-emerging) vector-borne and other viral infectious diseases. The network contributes to coordinated investigation and scientific expert interpretation.
• Conducting External Quality Assessment (EQA) on viral pathogens covered by the ECDC Emerging and Vector-borne Diseases programme.
• Providing short training courses and workshops to improve the diagnostic capability of EU expert laboratories.

The EVD-LabNet is coordinated by Erasmus University Medical Center with the support of a management team and a scientific advisory board composed of experts from 11 laboratories from 9 EU countries. It works in close collaboration with other European networks involved in emerging infectious disease preparedness and response.

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