External quality assurance scheme for typing of verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC)
This report presents the results of the second round of the external quality assurance scheme for typing of verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli. Conducted between December 2009 and June 2010, it included O:H serotyping, detection and typing of eae, vtx1, vtx2 and ehxA genes, phenotypic detection of verocytotoxin/shiga toxin-production, fermentation of sorbitol and production of β-glucuronidase and enterohaemolysin for VTEC.
An average of 78% of participating laboratories from EU/EEA countries were able to correctly O:H serotype the ten VTEC strains that were included in the EQA and correct phenotypic characterisation was generally very high.
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