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ABOUT EUROPEAN NETWORK OF P4 LABORATORIES

The European Network of P4 Laboratories (ENP4Lab) was built on experience gained with the previous Euronetp4 and ENP4 Lab EU-funded projects, preserving and strengthening collaboration among European P4 Laboratories. The network undertook efforts to further enhance preparedness by focusing on harmonisation and standardisation of existing practices, biosafety and biosecurity issues connected with the laboratory diagnosis of group 4 agents, also in consideration of the European enlargement process that led to the inclusion of new laboratories in the pre-existing network. Another important issue was been to offer support to international organisations/agencies (WHO, ECDC) for outbreak investigations in or outside Europe, and to collect reference samples with which to validate new diagnostic methods.

The work of the network focused on the following objectives:

1.    to strengthen the existing infrastructure for the communication and diagnostic management of biological samples suspected to contain P4 agents and reinforce links with other networks/agencies: ENIVD, GHSAG-LN, WHO, ECDC.

2.    to operate the European Mobile Labs that are going to be establish in Europe and in sub-Saharan Africa in the framework of the European Union External Actions (IFS/2011)

3.    to facilitate exchange of information among partners and network participants.

4.   to harmonise the standard operation procedures (SOPs) of biosafety and biosecurity among the existing P4 laboratories and to support the implementation of these procedures in the new European P4 laboratories.

5.    to harmonise and standardise diagnostic procedures, and to assess diagnostic capability within the network. To offer assistance and support to new BSL4 Laboratories for the implementation diagnostic tests for group 4 agents.

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This project has received funding from the European Commission, in the framework of the Public Health Programme