EARS-Net (European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network) is a European network of national surveillance systems that maintains a comprehensive surveillance and information system with European reference data on antimicrobial resistance for public health purposes.
Antimicrobial resistance in Europe is monitored by a network of national surveillance systems in the European countries. The national networks systematically collect data from clinical laboratories in their own countries and upload the data to a central database maintained at ECDC (The European Surveillance System - TESSy). After uploading, each country approves its own data and the results are made available from the ECDC website.
In order to maintain and facilitate the data reporting, ECDC ensures:
EARS-Net performs surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibility of seven bacterial pathogens commonly causing infections in humans:
Link to European IC/HH Core Competencies: Area 3. Surveillance and investigation of healthcare associated infection (HAI)