Third external quality assessment scheme for Listeria monocytogenes typing
This report presents the results of the third round of the Listeria external quality assessment (EQA) scheme for the typing of Listeria monocytogenes (further EQA-3). The EQA covers the pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) method, conventional serological typing and PCR-based molecular typing. A total of 22 laboratories registered for participation in the EQA-3 with 20 laboratories completing it and two laboratories opting out without submitting results. The EQA-3 took place between October and December 2014.
Listeriosis is a relatively rare but serious foodborne disease, and compared with other foodborne diseases caused the most severe cases in humans, with 99% of cases hospitalised.
Since 2007, ECDC has been responsible for the EU-wide surveillance of salmonellosis and listeriosis, and facilitates the detection and investigation of foodborne outbreaks. Surveillance data, including some basic typing parameters for the isolated pathogens, are reported by Member States to the European Surveillance System (TESSy). The molecular surveillance system that has been implemented as part of TESSy relies on the capacity of the laboratories to produce comparable typing results.
Third external quality assessment on antimicrobial susceptibility testing and detection of ESBL-, acquired AmpC-, and carbapenemase-production of Salmonella, 2017
29 May 2020 - This report presents the results of the third round of the external quality assessment (EQA) on antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for national public health laboratories on Salmonella (hereafter Salmonella EQA3-AST).
Ninth external quality assessment scheme for Salmonella typing
27 Apr 2020 - ECDC is supporting a large number of targeted External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes with voluntary participation by reference or primary laboratories, which are active members of EU surveillance networks.
Guidance on community engagement for public health events caused by communicable disease threats in the EU/EEA
13 Feb 2020 - This guidance on community engagement for public health emergency preparedness is intended for public health authorities in EU/EEA Member States. It is meant to provide step-by-step technical support to Member States who are initiating or professionalising their core community engagement capacity. The guidance is organised according to the three core stages of the preparedness cycle: anticipation, response, and recovery.