Mapping of FBP competence labs
This overview of laboratories with expertise in FBP is intended as a tool to motivate and promote closer and broader interaction between laboratories. Not only could it be used as a means of identifying laboratories with particular expertise that may be required in cases or outbreaks, but could also be used to identify potential partners for research projects, for cooperative activities such as ring trials, and for requesting assistance for learning techniques or providing information.
One of the main tasks in WG2 was to produce “O2.1: Updatable maps of laboratories in Europe with (i) competence in analysing food matrices for foodborne parasites (FBP), and (ii) competence in diagnosis of different FBP.”data about specialized/reference laboratories with expertise in FBP within their respective countries (see spreadsheet). These include datasets for 151 different institutions/laboratories (see Map Figure 1A). About 50% of the laboratories were classified as having expertise for FBP in the category “human disease surveillance” (76/151) and/or “veterinary disease surveillance” (76/151), whereas about 32% of the laboratories were classified as having
FBP expertise in “food surveillance” (48/151).
Please consult the summary and spreadsheet for detailed information and contact details.