External quality assurance scheme for Neisseria meningitidis 2009
Neisseria meningitidis is the major worldwide cause of meningitis and rapidly fatal sepsis in healthy individuals. ECDC promotes the performance of External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes, in which laboratories are sent simulated clinical specimens or bacterial isolates for testing by routine and/or reference laboratory methods. In March 2009, a collection of six viable isolates of N. meningitidis of the major disease-causing serogroups (A, B, C, Y and W-135) together with six simulated blood (non-culture) samples for molecular studies, was sent to 27 reference laboratories in the EU for quality assurance testing. The laboratories were asked to perform phenotypic characterisation of viable isolates: serogroup, serotype, serosubtype and antimicrobial susceptibility testing on viable isolates, and molecular characterisation both of viable isolates and non-culture simulated septicaemia samples. This report presents the results of this exercise.
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).