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Scientific Advisory Board for Public Health Microbiology

For effective control of infectious diseases in Germany, it is necessary to coordinate the different activities on infectious disease epidemiology and to strengthen these by developing or expanding networks. The Robert Koch Institute continuously surveys, analyses and evaluates all relevant information necessary to fight infectious diseases. Furthermore, it identifies and prioritizes new diagnostics and information needs.

To support this role the Scientific Advisory Board for Public Health Microbiology advises the RKI by preparing official statements and reports on current issues in the field of public health microbiology. Furthermore, the advisory board advises the RKI on recommendations concerning the national reference centres (NRCs) and consultant laboratories (CLs), taking into account European and international reference structures, particularly with regard to demand for certain diagnostic areas, nominating possible candidate laboratories and conducting regular evaluations.

In making its recommendations the Scientific Advisory Board for Public Health Microbiology has an advisory function in relation to the RKI. All duties and responsibilities of the later and the technical and administrative supervision of the Federal Ministry of Health remain unaffected.

The advisory board consists of up to 14 experts, appointed by the RKI for periods of three years. The members of this advisory board are renowned experts in the fields of microbiology, virology, hygiene, epidemiology and public health. Occasionally, further national and international professional societies and experts are consulted to achieve a solid appraisal of the candidate laboratories. The scientific office of the advisory board is located in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the RKI. It assists and coordinates all activities of the advisory board. The scientific office also technically supervises the NRCs and CLs and handles calls for tender, nominations, evaluations and coordination of annual reports

Date: 14.06.2016