On the occasion of the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) Annual Congress in Amsterdam, ECDC and ERS today introduce a draft of the EU Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ESTC). The draft is presented during the symposium “ECDC and WHO tuberculosis guidelines: update 2011” to discuss further development of the standards.
Presenting the document for the first time, ECDC and ERS aim at reaching consensus among clinicians and public health specialists at an early stage as the standards are meant to close existing gaps in tuberculosis (TB) case management which have been identified through a recent European TB case management survey performed by ECDC and the Tuberculosis Network European Trialsgroup (TB-NET).
The draft ESTC have been specifically developed to complement the International Standards for Tuberculosis Care and other existing guidelines. The ERS has taken the lead in developing the clinically related standards and ECDC has developed the public-health related standards. The process of developing the ESTC was published in an editorial of the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ) on 1 September 2011.
The ESTC have been developed jointly by the ECDC and ERS who are planning to present the final ESTC document at the World TB Day 2012 (24 March).