External quality assessment scheme for detection, isolation and characterisation of influenza viruses for the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza – 2015
In June and July 2015, an influenza virus rapid detection, isolation and characterisation external quality assessment (EQA) exercise was held for European influenza reference laboratories. This was the fourth rapid detection, isolation and characterisation EQA panel distributed by the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza.
As with previous panels, the performance of laboratories in the rapid detection component of the exercise was encouraging. Thirty-four of the 38 laboratories achieved top marks, with 92% of laboratories receiving a maximum score. As expected, results from the antigenic characterisations reflected the difficulties that have been described with A(H3N2) subtypes. The subgroup 3C.2a isolate proved challenging, with only nine of the 26 laboratories reporting the correct strain characterisation (Figure 9A). Overall virus characterisation results, based on the combined results from genetic and antigenic characterisation, have improved over the last three EQA panels.
External quality assessment of laboratory performance – European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), 2018
22 Nov 2019 - This report provides an analysis of the external quality assessment (EQA) performance with antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of laboratories participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network in 2018. A total of 860 laboratories (1 – 114 per country) from 30 EU/EEA countries participated in the EQA exercise. Six bacterial strains were used: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecium and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
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.
Sixth external quality assessment scheme for Listeria monocytogenes typing
26 Aug 2019 - This report presents the results of the sixth round of the external quality assessment (EQA-6) scheme for Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) typing organised for laboratories providing data to the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net) managed by ECDC.