STI laboratory diagnostics in Europe
This survey was designed to collect information on the laboratory diagnosis of gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis; clinical reporting; laboratory capacity for testing; laboratory accreditation and external quality assessment (EQA); training; reporting and laboratory systems.
A major objective was to enable ECDC to support Member States in providing good quality laboratory surveillance data. The survey has enabled a certain level of laboratory capacity to be established and identified training needs across Europe
ECDC assessed sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnostic laboratory capacity and training needs across the EU/EEA. The results demonstrate a wide diversity in laboratory work.
Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI) surveillance gathers data on the five STI under surveillance in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA): syphilis, congenital syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). Enhanced surveillance of STI in Europe is essential to provide necessary information to monitor disease distribution and evaluate the public health response to prevent and control the transmission of infections. ECDC strives to ensure a high quality of standardised STI surveillance data, and one way to achieve this is to ensure the laboratory methods used to diagnose cases are of a suitable and recommended standard.
ECDC assessed the level of laboratory capacity and training needs across the EU/EEA with a survey which collected information on the type of laboratory function, diagnostics for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, laboratory quality assurance and reporting systems. The main objective was to enable ECDC support to countries in their effort to provide good quality laboratory surveillance data. The survey was performed in 2011 and 44 completed surveys from participating laboratories in 24 EU/EEA countries were received.While an EU-wide mapping of STI laboratory capability was not feasible, the results of the survey demonstrate a wide diversity in laboratory work across the EU/EEA. The low number of national reference laboratories may reflect an area for capacity building in the individual countries, as having a national reference laboratory in each country provides a national centre of expertise.
Syphilis and congenital syphilis in Europe - A review of epidemiological trends (2007–2018) and options for response
12 Jul 2019 - Since 2010, syphilis notification rates in the EU/EAA have been on the increase, but in recent years this trend seems to accelerate predominantly among men having sex with men (MSM). Similar trends have been observed in high income c ountries outside the EU/EAA . While the overall trend remained relatively stable, outbreaks or clusters of syphilis cases have also been reported among heterosexual populations in the EU/EEA. In several high income countries (e.g. US A , increases in congenital syphilis occurred in connection with increases in syphilis notifications among women.
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).