The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) hosts the first meeting of the Stop TB Partnership subgroup on Introducing New Approaches and Tools (INAT) for Tuberculosis on 23 and 24 February 2010. Recognising the urgent need for new tools to control tuberculosis (TB) both in the European Union and globally, ECDC is an active member of the INAT-subgroup. Other international and national members in the working group include the US Agency for International Development, the Foundation for New Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), and the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. New tools (drugs, vaccines and diagnostic methods) are crucial in assuring the progress towards the global elimination of TB and the ultimate aim of the INAT-subgroup is to increase the implementation of these tools for TB control at a global level. The subgroup will concentrate on the urgent need for timely information and technical assistance that will ensure the rapid evaluation and implementation of new tools, policies and approaches for TB control and prevention. A number of new diagnostic methods are under development and several are already in advanced stages, therefore the focus will be on these tools.
Retooling task force (predecessor of INAT)
New Technologies for TB Control: A framework for their adoption, introduction and implementation