Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS)

Platform

The Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS) is a web-based communication platform that allows nominated public health experts to exchange technical information to assess whether current and emerging public health threats have a potential impact in the European Union (EU).

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The Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS) aims to ensure transparent and timely information sharing among the participating public health authorities in order to detect public health threats at an early stage and facilitate their reporting under Decision 1082/2013/EU and the coordination of response activities. 

The designated National Coordinator in the EU Member States is responsible for nominating participating experts in their country and controls the access rights through the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool.

 

The following EPIS platforms are available:

  • FWD (Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses)

    EPIS-FWD facilitates the early detection and assessment of multi-country/multinational molecular typing clusters and outbreaks of FWDs. The platform connects epidemiologists and microbiologists from 52 countries: 28 EU Member States, three countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) - Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein - and 21 other non-EU countries[1].

 

  • STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
    EPIS-STI supports the rapid reporting and dissemination of unusual events related to STI transmission across the EU and assess their EU relevance. Reports are submitted by the nominated contact points for STI surveillance in EU/EEA countries. All 31 EU/EEA Member States have access to EPIS-STI.

 

  • ELDSNet (European Legionnaires’ Disease Surveillance Network)
    EPIS-ELDSNet brings together data on Legionnaires’ disease, with a focus on the detection and follow-up of travel-associated clusters, and the investigation of community outbreaks (in an ad hoc fora with restricted access). This allows risk assessment and timely risk communication to the authorities in charge of risk management. The 31 EU/EEA countries, 24 non-EU countries (2), and Caribbean Public Health Agency currently have access to EPIS-ELDSNet.

 

  • VPD (Vaccine Preventable Diseases)
    EPIS-VPD facilitates the early detection and sharing of information on outbreaks of VPDs and adverse events from vaccinations, and allows exchange of information on technical topics related to vaccinations and the control of vaccine preventable diseases. The platform connects vaccination programme managers, vaccine experts, epidemiologists and microbiologists from the 31 EU/EEA Member States.

 

  • AMR-HAI (Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated Infections)
    EPIS-AMR-HAI supports the rapid reporting and dissemination of information related to bacterial pathogens with previously unseen or emerging antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections which are or may become relevant for public health within the EU/EEA. All 31 EU/EEA Member States have access to EPIS-AMR-HAI.

 

[1] Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Kosovo (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, Serbia, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Montenegro, The United States of America, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

[2]  Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo (This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence), Moldova, Morocco, South Africa, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Thailand, The United States of America, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.