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).


  • 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 


Federal Ministry of Health



Medical University Vienna



Elisabethinen Hospital, Linz



Scientific Institute of Public Health



Alexander University Hospital, Sofia



National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases



Reference Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance, Ministry of Health



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



Microbiology Department, Nicosia General Hospital


 Czech Republic

National Institute of Public Health



National Reference Laboratory for Antibiotics



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



Health Board



East-Tallinn Central Hospital



Tartu University Hospital



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



Finnish Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance (FiRe)



Santé Publique France, the French National Public Health Agency



Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital



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



National Reference Centre for Pneumococci (CNRP)



Robert Koch Institute



Hellenic Pasteur Institute



National School of Public Health



National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School



National Centre for Epidemiology



National University Hospital of Iceland



Centre for Health Security and Infectious Disease Control



Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)



National Institute of Health



Disease Prevention and Control Center of Latvia



National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory



Institute of Hygiene



National Health Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory, Luxembourg’s Hospital Centre



Mater Dei Hospital, Msida



National Institute for Public Health and the Environment



University Hospital of North Norway



Norwegian Institute of Public Health



St. Olav University Hospital, Trondheim



National Medicines Institute



Department of Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology



National Reference Centre for Susceptibility Testing



National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge



Ministry of Health Directorate-General of Health



National Institute of Public Health



National Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance



Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic



Regional Public Health Authority Banska Bystrica



National Institute of Public Health



Medical faculty, University of Ljubljana



National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food



Health Institute Carlos lll



National Centre for Microbiology



The Public Health Agency of Sweden


 United Kingdom

Public Health England



Health Protection Scotland



Public Health Agency Northern Ireland




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)’.