Healthcare-associated infections are common adverse event in acute care medicine causing significant morbidity and mortality. There has been a significant increase in the commitment of infection prevention and control (IPC) among European countries in the past years. However, there is still heterogeneity in training opportunities and IPC qualifications. The European Union promotes the harmonisation of IPC strategies among member states. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) commissioned TRICE (Training in Infection Control in Europe) project sets the stage for harmonisation of IPC activities in Europe by issuing a list of core competencies for IPC professionals.
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European certification of IPC training and professionals would be the next logical step, which must be achieved by close collaboration of different stakeholders in Europe such as the ECDC, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the European Union of Medical Specialities, and the national IPC societies. Therefore, ESCMID has launched the new European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) to take the lead in the implementation of a European (board) certificate for IPC professionals.
Zingg, W., Mutters, N.T., Harbarth, S. and Friedrich, A.W. (2015) Education in Infection Control: a need for European certification. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. September 9th. [epub ahead of print].
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