Laboratory capacity and capability

Tools for public health
This image describes the targets of the EULabCap scheme

ECDC aim to strengthen the capability and capacity of the EU public health microbiology system to provide the timely and reliable information that underpins infectious threat detection, assessment and surveillance at Member State and EU level for effective prevention and control of infectious diseases.

EU Laboratory Capability Monitoring System (EULabCap)

The primary goal of the EU laboratory Capability Monitoring System is to assess public health microbiology vulnerabilities, identifying priorities and monitoring the impact of capacity building activities and system reforms at national and EU level on essential public health functions provided by microbiology laboratories.

The tool combines 60 indicators (grouped in 12 targets each comprising 5 indicators) on three public health dimensions:

  • Dimension 1 - primary diagnostic testing (targets1.1-1.4)
  • Dimension 2 - national microbiology reference laboratory (NRL) services (targets 2.1-2.4)
  • Dimension 3 - surveillance and epidemic response support (targets 3.1-3.4)

Aggregated indices have been calculated for each target and dimension as the average of component indicator scores, adjusting all index values on a scale of 0—10.

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Detection and characterisation capability and capacity for SARS-CoV-2 variants within the EU/EEA

Monitoring -

ECDC has mapped the detection and characterisation capability and capacity for SARS-CoV-2 variants across the EU/EEA. This is the fifth laboratory capacity survey since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019.


EU Laboratory Capability Monitoring System (EULabCap): Report on 2016 survey of EU/EEA country capabilities and capacities

Monitoring -

This report for 2016, which presents the indicator results for EU and EEA (European Economic Area) countries, aims to help policymakers identify possible areas for action and to evaluate the impact of capacity strengthening activities and health system reforms.

2016_EULabCap report - EN - [PDF-8.68 MB]


External quality assessment scheme for Bordetella pertussis serology 2016

Monitoring, External quality assessment -

This external quality assessment (EQA) to assess the ability of national reference laboratories from EU/EEA Member States to correctly perform laboratory serodiagnostic tests for pertussis was a collaborative study organised from February to April 2016.