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Establishment and reinforcement of the national reference centers for human microbiology in Belgium

DOI: 10.1186/0778-7367-70-16

Keywords: National reference centers, Public health microbiology

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Pathogens or groups of pathogens necessitating a national reference center (NRC) were prioritized based on diagnostic and epidemiologic relevance. Terms of reference for each of these pathogens were developed.Recently, 40 NRCs for different pathogens or groups of pathogens have been installed in Belgium to fulfill the following core functions: offering reference diagnostics, collecting reference materials, sharing information and scientific advice, participating in national and international networks, collaborating with research workgroups, and contributing to surveillance activities.These NRCs are important focal points of the national and international network in public health microbiology.

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