Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology
3. January 2017
Head: Barbora Macková, M.D.e-mail: barbora.mackova@szucz, sekrcem@szucz
The Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology (CEM) consists of ten departments/units, the CEM Accreditation Unit, National reference centre for healthcare associated infections and Bacterial Genetics Laboratory. The CEM National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) focus on a wide range of infectious diseases (A - Z infections) and pathogens. The list of the causative agents of infectious diseases provides contact details for the respective laboratories mikrobialni_agens_web.pdf (197.67 KB)
Activities of the national microbiology reference laboratories are laid down in the following regulations:
- Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 2119/98/EC
- Act No. 258/2000 on public health protection and on amendments to some related acts, as last amended
- Document of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) „Core functions of microbiology reference laboratories for communicable diseases".
CEM works in close cooperation with biostatisticians in surveillance programs (Regulation No. 473/2008), data reporting to ECDC (TESSy), and editing The Bulletin of the Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology (ISSN 1804-8668).
CEM NRLs are involved in both national and international research projects. The results are presented in a wide range of publications.
The CEM microbiology laboratories have been accredited by the Czech Accreditation Institute since 2001. Currently are some laboratories accredited to the standard ČSN EN ISO/IEC 17025 as the test laboratory (No. 1206.4) and another laboratory to the standard ČSN EN ISO 15189 as the medical laboratory (No. 8002).
The CEM Accreditation Unit organizes the External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) for microbiology laboratories in the Czech Republic (and in other countries) and has been accredited to the standard ČSN EN ISO/IEC 17043 for these activities since June 2010 within the expert group on proficiency testing.