This group shares the hospital hygiene and infection control competencies, developed in coordination by the ECDC in 2013. 
In the WIKI part of this group you will find the overview of competencies for infection control professionals, for 2 levels of seniority.
Healthcare-associated infections are recognised as a major burden for patients, society and healthcare management. In 2008, ECDC estimated that more than four million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year in the European Union (EU), of which approximately 37 000 die as the direct consequence of the infection. 
One major topic that falls under the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is the strengthening of the European Union’s capacity for the prevention and control of infectious diseases as well as  a number of special health issues listed under Decision 2119/98 EC5, which include healthcare-associated infections(HAI). The Centre also has a role in strengthening capacity by assisting the Member States and the Commission in obtaining sufficient numbers of trained specialists.
Effective HAI prevention and control in healthcare organisations relies on specialised infection control staff in charge of elaborating, implementing and monitoring local preventive measures such as hand hygiene and patient isolation. 
 
The competencies developed in this professional domain describe the professional profile characteristics of those with responsibilities in infection control and hospital hygiene. In addition these competencies are intended to guide the development of curricula for training such professionals.