External quality assurance scheme for diphtheria diagnostics 2012
This report comprises the findings of the second external quality assurance (EQA) dispatch for the laboratory diagnosis of diphtheria under the auspices of EDSN. A total of thirty countries participated in this EQA and were asked to isolate, identify and perform toxigenicity testing on any Corynebacterium spp. present in the six simulated throat specimens sent. Overall, 90% of the identification reports and 89% of the toxigenicity reports were correct – a slight improvement on the previous EQA from 2010.
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.
Third external quality assessment on species identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Campylobacter, 2017
28 May 2019 - This report presents the results of the third round of the EQA on AST for national public health laboratories for Campylobacter (Campylobacter EQA3-AST) within the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net).