About the network

The European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) is the largest publicly funded system for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance in Europe. Data from EARS-Net play an important role in raising awareness at the political level, among public health officials, in the scientific community, and among the general public. Public access to descriptive data (maps, graphs and tables) are available through the ECDC Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases; more detailed analyses are presented in annual reports and scientific publications.

The objectives of EARS-Net are to:

  • collect comparable, representative and accurate AMR data;
  • analyse temporal and spatial trends of AMR in Europe;
  • provide timely AMR data for policy decisions;
  • encourage the implementation, maintenance and improvement of national AMR surveillance programmes; and
  • support national systems in their efforts to improve diagnostic accuracy by offering annual external quality assessments (EQA).

Organisation

  • List of national organisations participating in EARS-Net: An updated list of national institutions and organisations participating in EARS-Net can be found in the latest EARS-Net Annual Report.
     
  • EARS-Net management and coordination: EARS-Net is managed and coordinated by ECDC, supported by a coordination committee composed of experts selected from the appointed disease-specific contact points.

Institutions and organisations participating in EARS-Net 

 Austria

Federal Ministry of Health

 

 

Medical University Vienna

 

 

Elisabethinen Hospital, Linz

www.elisabethinen.or.at

 Belgium

Scientific Institute of Public Health

wwww.wiv-isp.be/Nsih/

 Bulgaria

Alexander University Hospital, Sofia

 

 

National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases

 

 Croatia

Reference Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, Ministry of Health

 

 

Zagreb University Hospital for Infectious Diseases 'Dr. Fran Mihaljević'

 

 Cyprus

Microbiology Department, Nicosia General Hospital

 

 Czech Republic

National Institute of Public Health

www.szu.cz

 

National Reference Laboratory for Antibiotics

 

 Denmark

Statens Serum Institut, Danish Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (DANRES)

www.danmap.org

 Estonia

Health Board

 

 

East-Tallinn Central Hospital

 

 

Tartu University Hospital

 

 Finland

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finnish Hospital Infection Program (SIRO) and Bacterial infections unit

www.thl.fi/siro

 

Finnish Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance (FiRe)

www.finres.fi

 France

Santé Publique France, the French National Public Health Agency

www.santepubliquefrance.fr

 

Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital

 

 

French National Observatory for the Epidemiology of Bacterial Resistance to Antimicrobials (ONERBA): Azay-Résistance, Île-de-France and Réussir networks

www.onerba.org

 

National Reference Centre for Pneumococci (CNRP)

 

 Germany

Robert Koch Institute

www.rki.de

 Greece

Hellenic Pasteur Institute

www.mednet.gr/whonet

 

National School of Public Health

 

 

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School

 

 Hungary

National Centre for Epidemiology

www.oek.hu

 Iceland

National University Hospital of Iceland

 

 

Centre for Health Security and Infectious Disease Control

 

 Ireland

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

www.hpsc.ie

 Italy

National Institute of Health

www.iss.it

 Latvia

Disease Prevention and Control Center of Latvia

www.spkc.gov.lv

 Lithuania

National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory

www.nvspl.lt

 

Institute of Hygiene

www.hi.lt

 Luxembourg

National Health Laboratory

 

 

Microbiology Laboratory, Luxembourg’s Hospital Centre

 

 Malta

Mater Dei Hospital, Msida

 

 Netherlands

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

www.rivm.nl

 Norway

University Hospital of North Norway

 

 

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

 

 

St. Olav University Hospital, Trondheim

 

 Poland

National Medicines Institute

 

 

Department of Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology

 

 

National Reference Centre for Susceptibility Testing

 

 Portugal

National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge

www.insarj.pt

 

Ministry of Health Directorate-General of Health

 

 Romania

National Institute of Public Health

 

Slovakia

National Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance

 

 

Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic

 

 

Regional Public Health Authority Banska Bystrica

 

 Slovenia

National Institute of Public Health

www.nijz.si

 

Medical faculty, University of Ljubljana

 

 

National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food

 

 Spain

Health Institute Carlos lll

www.isciii.es

 

National Centre for Microbiology

 

 Sweden

The Public Health Agency of Sweden

www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se

 United Kingdom

Public Health England

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

 

Health Protection Scotland

 

 

Public Health Agency Northern Ireland

 

 

History

The European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS), established in 1998, is the predecessor of EARS-Net. EARSS was initially funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. The network steadily grew and involved an increasing number of European countries. On 1 January 2010, the administration and coordination of EARSS was transferred to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The network was renamed to ‘European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net)’.