External quality assessment scheme 2011 for Neisseria meningitidis
Neisseria meningitidis is the major cause of meningitis and rapidly fatal sepsis in healthy individuals worldwide and in Europe, 3 814 (0.75 per 100 000) cases were reported to ECDC in 2011. Meningococcal surveillance systems are partially based on laboratory diagnoses and therefore there is a need for accuracy and proficiency in surveillance laboratory performance. External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes enable laboratory performance to be assessed against reference methods and compared to other peer laboratories.
This latest report on EQA performance shows that European Reference Laboratories for Meningococci differ in their capacities and the level of characterisation of the distributed N. meningitidis material, but that there have been improvements since the first ECDC IBD-labnet distribution.
The results of the IBD-labnet EQA exercise prove that a regular EQA scheme for the reference laboratories is required in continue to improve the quality of epidemiological reports. It also concludes that targeted training and support might be requested to assist laboratories that have problems with organism characterisation. This is necessary if all EU countries are to provide accurate molecular typing data to TESSy in order to ensure representative European epidemiology of this important disease.
Health emergency preparedness for imported cases of high-consequence infectious diseases
22 Oct 2019 - To support countries in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) in their review of preparedness system planning, ECDC launches an operational checklist for health emergency preparedness for imported cases of high consequence infectious diseases.
Euro-GASP external quality assessment scheme for Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility testing
3 Sep 2019 - External quality assessment (EQA) is an essential part of any laboratory-based surveillance system, allowing for the monitoring of performance and comparability of results from participating laboratories, identification of potential issues, and deployment of resources and training where necessary.
EMIS-2017 – The European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey
29 Aug 2019 - This report presents a comprehensive analysis of the results of a 2017 survey among men who have sex with men (MSM). Based on the responses of some 128 000 participants in Europe, it provides insights on their knowledge of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STI), sexual behaviour, prevention needs and testing habits.