ECDC policy briefings are short papers that highlight a particular public health problem and offer evidence based ideas on what can be done to address it for the attention of policy makers and influencers at European, national and regional level.
Evidence for inclusion in an ECDC policy briefing is taken from a variety of sources, including ECDC guidance, expert opinions, systematic reviews, technical reports, surveillance reports, scientific advice and rapid risk assessments. Case studies are used to share examples of effective interventions in real life settings.
Where possible, economic data is included to indicate the cost of the approaches advocated or, indeed, the cost of inaction.
The design files are published along with the PDF so that the document can be adapted for use at national level, for example by translating the text into other languages.
The first ECDC policy briefing in this category was released in March 2016.