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
The work of the network focused on the following
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.
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)
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.
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.