External quality assessment scheme for influenza antiviral susceptibility for the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza – 2015
In June and July 2015, an influenza virus antiviral susceptibility external quality assessment was held for European reference laboratories. This was the third antiviral EQA panel distributed by the European Reference Laboratory Network for Human Influenza since the European Influenza Surveillance Network was established in 2008. Overall results for the exercise were encouraging. Twenty-four laboratories from 19 European countries participated in the exercise while fourteen laboratories opted out because they did not perform assays capable of determining antiviral susceptibility. This represents increased capacity (24 laboratories) across the network, compared to the first EQA exercise in 2010 (20 laboratories).Phenotypic antiviral susceptibility results were encouraging. Eighteen of the 24 laboratories (75%) returned phenotypic results, with only nine incorrect results out of a total of 261 (3.4%).
External quality assessment (EQA) schemes to support European surveillance of Legionnaires’ disease 2019−2020 - Western Balkans and Turkey
29 Jun 2021 - This is the first EQA exercise for laboratories participating in surveillance from the ELDSNet network that has been organised by ECDC since 2015 and the EQA format and arrangements have changed. The current EQA scheme uses an outbreak scenario with a package of clinical and environmental samples for the participating laboratories to process, depending on their technical capacity and protocols.
COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol: Operational guidelines for the management of air passengers and aviation personnel in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic
17 Jun 2021 - The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have updated their joint Aviation Health Safety Protocol providing clear operational guidance and risk-based recommendations for health-safe air travel to complement the European Union’s initiatives, such as the EU Digital COVID Certificates.
Seventh external quality assessment scheme for Listeria monocytogenes typing
10 Jun 2021 - This report presents the results of the seventh round of the external quality assessment (EQA-7) scheme for Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) typing organised for national public health reference laboratories (NPHRLs) providing data to the Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net) managed by ECDC.