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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 capabilities

 
ECDC has developed a system for monitoring of microbiology capabilities for surveillance and epidemic preparedness. First survey of 2013 capabilities was conducted in 2015. The primary use of this system is to assess public health microbiology strengths and potential vulnerabilities. The aim is 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.
  
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Contact us at: EU.LabCAP@ecdc.europa.eu 

Molecular and genomic typing

 

Based on the input of the ECDC Disease Programmes, expert consultations and ad hoc advice given by the multidisciplinary Molecular typing for Surveillance Task Force, ECDC has developed both a strategy to harness whole genome sequencing for strengthening EU cross-border outbreak investigation and public health surveillance and a roadmap for integration of molecular and genomic typing into European surveillance and epidemic preparedness. 

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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, the Food and Waterborne Diseases 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.

Publications:

EU protocol for harmonised monitoring of antimicrobial resistance in human Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates, 2014

The European Union summary report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2014

Collaboration with other organisations

In the area of public health microbiology, ECDC liaises with:
 
  • European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) is supported by ECDC to ensure provision of up-to-date technical and scientific advice on antimicrobial drug testing methods and evidence-based interpretation criteria for consistent application of EU definition of antimicrobial resistance across the EU/EEA and beyond;
  • European Biosafety Association to stay up to date on the latest developments in biosafety measures and to promote awareness of biosafety standards.
 

Laboratories networks


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

Training in public health microbiology

 
EPIET public health microbiology path (EUPHEM)
This 2-year training fellowship path focuses on developing a European network of public health microbiologists to strengthen communicable disease surveillance and control through an integrated laboratory-field epidemiology network for outbreak detection, investigation and response. It is for: microbiologists, veterinarians, biomedical scientists, medical doctors or biologists with demonstrated experience in microbiology.

Training activities on laboratory methods are also funded by ECDC to strengthen technical capacity in areas defined after a capacity assessment or results from an EQA exercise or to facilitate the introduction of new laboratory methods.
 

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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. The rationale for these EQA is to underpin the capability and reliability of infectious disease case detection and confirmation or agent characterisation as used for data reporting to EU surveillance and alert systems.
 

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Advice and technical guidance


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

• Application of EUCAST methods and resistance breakpoints to antimicrobial susceptibility testing and for resistance detection and reporting according to EU case definition for surveillance
• Harmonisation of microbial typing methods, type nomenclature and sampling frames for EU data exchange and analysis in case of outbreak investigation or enhanced surveillance for priority diseases
• Microbiological inputs into public health risk assessment of infectious threats
• Protocols

 

Technology assessment

 
ECDC and its supported EU laboratory networks run activities related to the assessment of the accuracy or effectiveness of a new microbiological methods for the detection or characterisation of pathogen of importance to public health
 

Supranational reference services

 
Services for detection and/or further characterisation of pathogens are provided within networks as per the contract with ECDC. These include:
 
  • Testing of new technologies
  • Emerging disease detection or agent identification/diagnostic confirmation support
  • Typing support for multi-country outbreak investigations.
 
 
 

 

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