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Generic model for Reference Laboratories Microbiology in the Netherlands

Rapport "Structuur Referentielaboratoria in Nederland"

Synopsis

This report describes a generic model for Reference Laboratories Microbiology in the Netherlands. The criteria for Reference Labs Microbiology have been defined. A distinction is made between a Reference Lab and an Expert Centre, (almost) all reference functions being operational in the first, a limited number in the latter. For other pathogens the "consensus" mode is being proposed. The generic model described in this report, is in line with the policy of the ECDC. The list of pathogens for which a reference function is to be implemented, is based on the list of notifiable diseases under the new Public Health Law (Wet Publieke Gezondheid) in the Netherlands, in addition to the list of pathogens for which, according to the ECDC, a reference function is required.
 

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