Core functions of microbiology reference laboratories for communicable diseases
This document is intended to provide a common understanding of the core functions and activities of microbiology reference laboratories.
The five core functions included in this report are reference diagnostics; reference material resources; scientific advice; collaboration and research; and monitoring, alert and response.
Prevention of hepatitis B and C in the EU/EEA and the UK
24 Nov 2020 - Urgent action is required to improve efforts to prevent hepatitis B and C infections in the EU/EEA and the UK if the region is to meet the 2020 targets for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a serious threat to public health. Significant gaps in the reported data in relation to prevalence and prevention of HBV and HCV in EU/EEA and the UK present a major challenge to monitoring progress towards the targets for elimination of hepatitis.
Updated projections of COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK
23 Nov 2020 - In May 2020, ECDC produced a set of short-term forecasts of the expected number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalised cases (subdivided into general hospital wards and intensive care units). Updated forecasts were published in September 2020. In this report we present slightly longer-term projections for each country, up until 25 December 2020.
Options for the use of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK
19 Nov 2020 - This ECDC document is intended to facilitate further discussions between Member States with the aim of reaching agreement on the criteria to be used for the selection of rapid antigen tests, as well as scenarios and settings during which it is appropriate to use rapid antigen tests. This document is also intended to support clinical validations of rapid antigen tests.