European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza (ERLI-Net)
About the network
Since its establishment, ERLI-Net has been working to improve EU national influenza reference laboratory capabilities and capacity.
The network conforms to EC Directive 2000/54/EC and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for human and avian influenza viruses regarding laboratory containment procedures.
Influenza laboratory quality control
In accordance with the Key Tasks, ERLI-Net laboratories should participate in external quality assurance (EQA) schemes. EQA panels are distributed by both ERLI-Net and the WHO.
Laboratory surveillance of influenza
Surveillance of influenza virus infection at the European level requires close collaboration between virologists, epidemiologists and sentinel GP networks.