EARSS Annual Report 2005 - ECDC

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EARSS Annual Report 2005 - ECDC

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Table of contents Annual Report 2005

A word of thanks ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7

Summary ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................9

List of abbreviations and acronyms ...................................................................................................................................................................................11

The EARSS network from January 2005 till August 2006 ..................................................................................................................13

I. Countries participating in EARSS ..............................................................................................................................13

II. EARSS national representatives per country ................................................................................................13

III. EARSS national data managers and contact persons of national networks ............14

IV. EARSS advisory board members in 2005 .......................................................................................................... 16

V. Collaborating parties and representatives ..........................................................................................................16

VI. EARSS management team ....................................................................................................................................................16

VII. EARSS related publications ................................................................................................................................................17

Chapter 1. Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................................................................21

Chapter 2. EARSS objectives and operational strategy ......................................................................................................................23

2.1. Objectives ......................................................................................................................................................................................................23

2.2. The EARSS network and operational strategy ................................................................................................23

2.2.1. Organisation of the EARSS network ....................................................................................................23

2.2.2. The national networks .............................................................................................................................................24

2.2.3. Collecting and processing antimicrobial susceptibility

testing (AST) results ..................................................................................................................................................25

2.2.4. EARSS meetings ............................................................................................................................................................26

2.2.5 Linkage with other networks ...........................................................................................................................26

2.3. EARSS in 2006 and beyond ...................................................................................................................................................26

2.3.1. Collection of antimicrobial susceptibility data .........................................................................26

2.3.2. The EARSS network .................................................................................................................................................27

2.3.3. Upcoming EARSS meetings ...........................................................................................................................27

2.3.4. New initiatives ..................................................................................................................................................................27

Chapter 3. The status of Quality Assessment for Antimicrobial susceptibility testing in Europe.

3.1. Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................................................29

3.2. Methods ............................................................................................................................................................................................................29

3.3. Results ................................................................................................................................................................................................................29

3.4. Conclusions .................................................................................................................................................................................................32

3.5. Acknowledgements ............................................................................................................................................................................33

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