Public Health Microbiology Programme

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Microbiology laboratories provide a first line of defence against health threats from communicable diseases and antimicrobial resistance. The ECDC provides scientific advice, capacity building activities and operational support to foster capable and responsive public health microbiology services for the European Union and beyond.

ECDC’s vision is that by 2022 communicable disease and antimicrobial resistance threat detection, risk assessment, public health surveillance, and response in the EU/EEA will be underpinned by reliable and comparable microbiology data, shared and used in a timely manner.  

ECDC's key priorities, defined in the ECDC public health microbiology strategy 2018–2022 and the Single Programming Document 2018-2020, are:

  • facilitating the technology transition to optimise EU-wide use of whole genome sequencing;
  • benchmarking public health microbiology services and promoting best practices across the EU and beyond;  
  • further strengthening the EU public health microbiology capacity;
  • strengthening the cross-sectorial and inter-agency integration of laboratory–based EU surveillance; and
  • developing synergies with EU innovative laboratory methods and eHealth initiatives.

Effective liaison and dialogue with key stakeholders is paramount for the successful implementation of the Public Health Microbiology Strategy. The appointed Coordinating Competent Bodies from the Member States include the National Microbiology Focal Points (NMFP), who advise ECDC on strategic and technical matters in the field of public health microbiology system. ECDC and the NMFP have reached a consensus on core functions of microbiology reference laboratories and fostering collaboration across some identified areas. ECDC actively collaborates with the European Commission, European Food Safety Authority, the World Health Organization and leading EU learned societies. 

Contact:

For information on ECDC Public Health Microbiology Programme, please contact: ECDC.Microbiology@ecdc.europa.eu 

Collaboration with other organisations

In the area of public health microbiology, ECDC liaises with:

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Microbiology laboratories provide a first line of defence against health threats from communicable diseases and antimicrobial resistance. The ECDC provides scientific advice, capacity building activities and operational support to foster capable and responsive public health microbiology services for the European Union and beyond.

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ECDC public health microbiology strategy 2018–2022

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This report outlines the microbiology strategy as well as actions, outcome indicators and performance targets for the delivery and evaluation of its execution over the period 2018–2022.