External quality assessment scheme for detection, isolation and characterisation of influenza viruses for the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza – 2015
In June and July 2015, an influenza virus rapid detection, isolation and characterisation external quality assessment (EQA) exercise was held for European influenza reference laboratories. This was the fourth rapid detection, isolation and characterisation EQA panel distributed by the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza.
As with previous panels, the performance of laboratories in the rapid detection component of the exercise was encouraging. Thirty-four of the 38 laboratories achieved top marks, with 92% of laboratories receiving a maximum score. As expected, results from the antigenic characterisations reflected the difficulties that have been described with A(H3N2) subtypes. The subgroup 3C.2a isolate proved challenging, with only nine of the 26 laboratories reporting the correct strain characterisation (Figure 9A). Overall virus characterisation results, based on the combined results from genetic and antigenic characterisation, have improved over the last three EQA panels.
Collection and analysis of whole genome sequencing data from food-borne pathogens and other relevant microorganisms isolated from human, animal, food, feed and food/feed environmental samples in the joint ECDC–EFSA molecular typing database
29 May 2019 - This report identifies and compares potential platforms/solutions for the set-up and running of a joint ECDC–EFSA database to collect and analyse whole genome sequencing (WGS) data for Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In particular, WGS introduces the need for specific components for storage and analysis of these data.
Proficiency test for Listeria monocytogenes whole genome assembly 2018
16 May 2019 - This report presents the results of a proficiency test to evaluate the inter-laboratory reproducibility and portability of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) genome assemblies in the EU/EEA.
ECDC strategic framework for the integration of molecular and genomic typing into European surveillance and multi-country outbreak investigations
4 Apr 2019 - This strategic framework document presents a proposed list of priority pathogens/diseases and outlines technical implementation options for the medium-term integration (2019–2021) of molecular/genomic typing information into EU-level surveillance and multi-country outbreak investigations.