The primary goal of the EU laboratory Capability Monitoring System is to assess public health microbiology vulnerabilities, identifying priorities and monitoring the impact of capacity building activities and system reforms at national and EU level on essential public health functions provided by microbiology laboratories.
The tool combines 60 indicators (grouped in 12 targets each comprising 5 indicators) on three public health dimensions:
- primary diagnostic testing,
- national microbiology reference laboratory (NRL) services, and
- laboratory-based surveillance and epidemic response support.
Aggregated indices have been calculated for each target and dimension as the average of component indicator scores, adjusting all index values on a scale of 0—10.
The results of the 12 targets on 2013 and 2014 data are displayed in 12 individual maps and in one map with the aggregated EULabCap index.