External quality assurance scheme for Bordetella identification and B. pertussis typing 2013
This report presents the results of the first external quality assurance (EQA) scheme for Bordetella identification and typing funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The EQA study was conducted between February and May 2013 and sixteen laboratories from EU/EEA countries participated.
The EQA was divided into three sections: identification, serotyping of B. pertussis and genotyping of B. pertussis. All laboratories correctly identified the four Bordetella pertussis isolates, although there was significant variation in the methods used. One of the conclusions of the report is that an update of the recommendations on standard methods for epidemiological typing of B. pertussis isolates is required.
Ninth external quality assessment scheme for typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
5 Nov 2020 - This report presents the results of the ninth round of the external quality assessment (EQA-9) scheme for typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC).
External quality assessment (EQA) of performance of laboratories participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), 2019
15 Oct 2020 - This report provides an analysis of the external quality assessment (EQA) for the antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) performance of laboratories participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) in 2019. A total of 952 laboratories (1–95 per country) from 30 EU/EEA countries participated in the EQA exercise.
European external quality assessment programme for influenza virus 2018
11 Feb 2019 - Influenza epidemics occur every winter with high impact on disease burden, hospitalisations and excess mortality in countries in the WHO European Region. To understand the characteristics of circulating influenza viruses during seasonal epidemics, virological influenza surveillance is performed and detected viruses are further characterised at national influenza centres (NICs) that are part of the wider network of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). External quality assessments (EQAs) are important instruments in assessing the quality of the generated data that are reported nationally and internationally through The European Surveillance System (TESSy).