European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network
The European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network aims to maintain and further develop surveillance activities and thereby contribute to the international progress both in the TB epidemiology and laboratory fields. Since January 2008 ECDC and WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO) have jointly assumed the coordination of surveillance activities.
Composition and tasks
The European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network consists of TB surveillance experts from all 53 countries belonging to the WHO European Region, including 30 EU/EEA Member States. Under the joint coordination of ECDC and WHO/Europe, this network collects, validates, analyses and disseminates European TB surveillance data to describe the epidemiology of TB in the region and monitor progress towards TB elimination. Key surveillance and monitoring findings are published in annual reports. Monitoring indicators for the EU/EEA can be found in the follow-up report to the Framework Action Plan to Fight Tuberculosis in the European Union.
European TB surveillance network members from EU/EEA countries electronically submit their national data to the European Surveillance System (TESSy) database hosted by ECDC. Network members from the remaining countries in the region report to the WHO Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation (TME) database. By default, data submitted refer to cases reported at national level in the previous year, but treatment outcome data may refer to cases started on treatment up to two years previously. Members are crucial in validating the data prior to analysis and verifying the accuracy of the report.
Once per year, the network meets to discuss TB epidemiology in Europe and progress towards elimination. Network members learn about changes in the common metadata and case definition and share good reporting practices to improve data quality and comparability.
The European Tuberculosis Surveillance Network is a continuation of the former European Tuberculosis Surveillance Programme (EURO TB) that was hosted by the Institut de Veille Sanitaire in France and carried out TB surveillance in the WHO European Region from 1996 to 2007. In January 2008, ECDC and WHO/Europe jointly assumed the coordination of the network. The historical TB surveilance data were migrated to TESSy.