The stakes:

Epidemiological surveillance systems provide accurate and reliable information and analysis on a given epidemiological situation. Thus, they are a basis for any policy to prevent and control diseases.

The Epiconcept offer

On request, Epiconcept evaluates epidemiological surveillance systems. It also makes technical and scientific recommendations for their improvement. 

Case study: EPHESUS project for ECDC

EPHESUS (" Evaluation of European Union /European Economic Area public health surveillance systems (EPHESUS") was launched in 2016 to evaluate the systems for collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating infectious disease surveillance data at the level of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and to make suggestions for their improvement or elimination. 

The project covers 52 of these systems and related health issues, as well as all 30 countries under EU/EEA surveillance. It includes (where applicable) ECDC-funded laboratory services, routine molecular/geometric typing or monitoring of specific events.

For the purposes of EPHESUS, Epiconcept has developed a generic monitoring assessment protocol, questionnaire and reporting template. Each evaluation is based on a specific evaluation protocol adapted from the generic tool. It includes data collection from all EU/EEA Member States through an online questionnaire, interviews with key stakeholders, panel discussions and the drafting of a report (methods, results, discussions and main recommendations) shared by ECDC with the consultative forum and disease-specific networks.  

Other projects: 

  • National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases of Tunisia: evaluation and drafting of specifications for an epidemiological surveillance information system.
  • Mexican Social Security Institute - GSK Biologicals Group: evaluation of the national epidemiological surveillance system
  • Organisation for the development of the Senegal River: drafting of the specifications for a data collection and analysis software. The project aimed to analyse the health impact of a development plan for the Senegal River.