ECDC has announced its 10-year anniversary. I've been honoured to meet some of the remarkable people who work there, and consider myself a friend of the family.
On 20 May 2015, ECDC celebrates its 10-year anniversary. ECDC was created in 2005 but the idea of creating a European public health agency emerged already in 2003 when the SARS outbreak posed a serious threat to Europe. It became clear that there was an urgent need for a better coordination of the Member States’ response to the outbreak and scientific advice on options to control such an outbreak at the EU level.
ECDC’s main role as an agency of the European Union is to strengthen Europe’s defences against communicable diseases. Over the last ten years, ECDC has been working together with all EU/EEA countries in response to public health threats and emerging diseases.
One of the biggest achievements has been to make available Europe-wide data to all stakeholders, with the launch of the European Surveillance System (TESSy). ECDC centralised the previous Dedicated Surveillance Networks and replaced the 17 data collection systems into one system for the collection, validation, cleaning, analysis and dissemination of data from all EU/EEA countries.
Discover 10 highlights of ECDC’s work here.
Happy birthday, ECDC, and many happy returns!