What we do
Key milestones of ECDC's work
ECDC’s main role as an agency of the European Union is to strengthen Europe’s defences against communicable diseases. Over the last ten years, ECDC has been working together with all EU/EEA countries in response to public health threats and emerging diseases.Read about ECDC's achievements
ECDC's mission is to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases.
ECDC’s country support foresees "well-coordinated capacities across Europe to effectively prevent, detect, assess and control communicable diseases that threaten the health of the European population."
Epidemic intelligence and outbreak response
Monitoring and assessing threats to public health in Europe from infectious diseases are core tasks for ECDC, as is providing technical support to the EU-level response to such threats.
The Centre communicates on its own initiative in the fields within its mission, after having given prior information to the Member States and to the Commission.
Microbiology is the study of micro-organisms, including those that are causing infectious diseases.
ECDC supports the Member States and the European Commission in monitoring, identifying and responding to serious cross-border health threats.
ECDC training activities are focused in three areas: training programmes in intervention epidemiology, country support, and virtual tools for public health training.