Preparatory workshop for the evaluation of national laboratory capacities for the management of high threat pathogens

30–31 January 2019, Istanbul, Turkey

WHO/Europe is establishing the WHO European Region Laboratory Expert Group for High Threat Pathogens with the aim of improving national and international capacities for managing outbreaks caused by high threat pathogens (HTPs) such as influenza, Ebola, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and anthrax in 15 priority countries.

To support the establishment of the expert group, the priority countries are being requested to designate a national laboratory focal point (NLFP), and a workshop is being held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 30–31 January 2019.

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate networking between the NLFPs and WHO collaborating centres through agreeing a way to correctly identify gaps and areas for improvement in the countries’ preparedness and capacity for the laboratory response to HTP outbreaks.

Specifically, the workshop’s objectives are to:

  • agree on the list of HTPs to be addressed;
  • discuss and agree on NLFP terms of reference;
  • discuss and agree on the content of the national laboratory management of HTP assessment tool;
  • agree on the assessment and reporting process.