Target 2.2. Reference diagnostic confirmation and pathogen identification
Availability of national reference laboratory testing capability and capacity and a robust sample referral and reporting system to the national authorities is a prerequisite for effective surveillance and epidemic preparedness at national and EU levels in accordance with NMFP consensus.
Target 2.3. Molecular typing for surveillance
Development and implementation of harmonised methodologies to integrate molecular typing data into surveillance for priority diseases form a prerequisite for informing public health action based on EU-wide risk assessment of disease transmission.
Target 2.4. Antimicrobial drug resistance characterisation and monitoring
Accurate characterisation and monitoring of antimicrobial resistance determinants across human and animal populations for national/EU-wide surveillance informs public health action to contain cross-border and cross-species transmission of multidrug-resistant pathogens.
EU Laboratory capacity up by 13% over the past 5 years
The new EULabCap data on microbiology system performance in the 30 EU/ EEA countries show continuous improvement.
Target 2.1. Provision and regulation of NRL microbiology services
Organisation, regulation, and funding of national reference laboratory infrastructure and core public health functions are key elements for informing surveillance and epidemic preparedness at national and EU levels, in accordance with NMFP consensus.