External quality assessment scheme for Streptococcus pneumoniae – 2014
ECDC promotes the performance of external quality assessment schemes (in which laboratories are sent simulated clinical specimens or bacterial isolates for testing by routine and/or reference laboratory methods) to foster quality and comparability of data reported to The European Surveillance System.
In July 2014, a panel of three strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae and two simulated samples of cerebrospinal fluid was sent to 30 reference laboratories in the IBD-labnet surveillance network for quality assessment testing. This report summarises the diagnostic results submitted by the participating laboratories.
Generic protocol on enhanced surveillance for invasive pneumococcal disease at the EU/EEA level
12 Sep 2018 - The current generic protocol proposes a uniform approach for active invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) surveillance in children and enhanced surveillance in other age groups.