External quality assessment scheme for influenza virus detection and culture for the Community Network of Reference Laboratories for Human Influenza in Europe 2010/2011
This was the second rapid detection and culture EQA panel distributed by the Community Network of Reference Laboratories for Human Influenza in Europe (CNRL) since the European Influenza Surveillance Network (EISN) was established in 2008. The objectives of the exercise were to both provide participants with an independent mechanism to check performance and to provide information at the network level as to the capacity and capability for rapid detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), influenza virus culture and strain characterisation within a defined reporting timeframe. Thirty-four laboratories from 27 European countries participated in the exercise. Results indicated considerable strength in the network for molecular detection and (sub)typing of influenza viruses and that laboratories have successfully implemented detection methods for A(H1N1)pdm09 virus and increased capacity for subtyping influenza A viruses.
Guide to revision of national pandemic influenza preparedness plans: Lessons learned from the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic
This guide is intended for use by those involved in pandemic preparedness planning, generic preparedness and implementation of IHR core capacities in European countries. The document describes good practice for pandemic preparedness planning based on lessons learned from the 2009 pandemic.Read more
Training needs assessment for EU/EEA countries: Assessment methodology and 2015 survey
This report presents the approach taken by ECDC in order to define the most appropriate methodology for an EU/EEA-wide workforce capacity and training needs assessment (TRNA) in the field of communicable disease prevention and control, and the results of the TRNA survey 2015.Read more
ECDC, EFSA and EMA Joint Scientiﬁc Opinion on a list of outcome indicators as regards surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption in humans and food-producing animals
ECDC, EFSA and EMA have jointly established a list of harmonised outcome indicators to assist EU Member States in assessing their progress in reducing the use of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in both humans and food-producing animals.Read more