21 November 2019

The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing - EUCAST

 

EUCAST is a standing committee jointly organized by ESCMID, ECDC and European national breakpoint committees. EUCAST was formed in 1997. It has been chaired by Ian Phillips (1997 - 2001), Gunnar Kahlmeter (2001 - 2012), Rafael Canton 2012 - 2016) and Christian Giske (2016 - ). Its scientific secretary is Derek Brown (1997 - 2016) and John Turnidge (2016 - ). Its webmaster is Gunnar Kahlmeter (2001 - ). From 2016, Rafael Canton is the Clinical Data Co-ordinator and Gunnar Kahlmeter the Technical Data Co-ordinator.

Since the very beginning, Johan Mouton, was important to EUCAST in that he was an ardent supporter of European harmonisation and of bringing PKPD to bear on breakpoint setting. Johan died in the evening of Tuesday 9 July, 2019 .The Steering Committee meeting 8 - 9 of July was the only meeting since 2002 to which Johan could not travel.  We shall miss Johan for his courage and his passion for getting it right! Some of our memories of Johan are on the ESCMID website.

 

AMST Workshop, February 2020: The EUCAST Subcommittee on Antimycobacterial susceptibility testing has issued an open invitation to a workshop on the 4th of February, 2020. Read more about it! 

 

The EUCAST Development Laboratory for antibacterial agents is located in Sweden and can be addressed through gunnar.kahlmeter[at]eucast.org or erika.matuschek[at]eucast.org.

 

The EUCAST Development Laboratory for antifungal agents is located in Denmark and can be addressed through maca[at]ssi.dk.

 

For EUCAST subcommitteessee page Subcommittees.

 

EUCAST deals with breakpoints and technical aspects of phenotypic in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility testing and functions as the breakpoint committee of EMA and ECDC. EUCAST does not deal with antibiotic policies, surveillance or containment of resistance or infection control. The Steering Committee is the decision making body. It is supported by a General Committee with representatives from European and other countries.

 

Consultation! The EUCAST consultation process is publicly available on the EUCAST website. All major decisions are subject to 4 - 12 weeks of consultation.  

 

Warnings! Users of EUCAST guidelines are encouraged to make EUCAST aware of malfunctioning AST material and devices. Investigations into such reports sometimes result in an official EUCAST Warning which is then posted on the EUCAST Warnings website. 

 

Since 2019, all European countries are on European guidelines and from 2020, ECDC will only accept "data for surveillance purposes" generated by laboratories on EUCAST breakpoints and methods.

Many countries outside Europe have also decided to follow EUCAST guidance.

 

Breakpoints for new agents are set as part of the licensing process for new agents through EMA. EUCAST breakpoints are available in devices for automated susceptibility testing but with some limitations, depending on the system.

 

EUCAST develops a disk diffusion susceptibility test method calibrated to EUCAST MIC breakpoints. New agents rapidly obtain zone diameter breakpoint correlates but there are some limitations. Previous disk diffusion tests from the Swedish, French and British committees have been abandoned and laboratories advised to switch to EUCAST recommended methods.


Anyone with an interest in antimicrobial agents in general and antimicrobial breakpoints in particular is invited to contact EUCAST, ESCMID or one of the National Breakpoint Committees.

 

To cite the EUCAST website or a document on the EUCAST website: List the document name, version, year and the full web adress. For example, if you want to refer to the current EUCAST breakpoint table, the citation reads The European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. Breakpoint tables for interpretation of MICs and zone diameters, version 9.0, 2019. http://www.eucast.org/clinical_breakpoints/.

 

Copyright

In English: The copyright of all documents, data, presentations and videos published on the EUCAST website remains with EUCAST. All are freely available for re-use if reference to the EUCAST website is given and they are not resold.
Any secondary publication of documents, data, presentations and videos must be referenced with the declaration that "These data have (or this document, presentation or video has) been produced in part under ECDC service contracts and made available by EUCAST at no cost to the user and can be accessed on the EUCAST website
www.eucast.org. EUCAST recommendations are frequently updated and the latest versions are available at www.eucast.org."

 

En Français: Les droits d’auteurs de tous les documents (présentations, vidéo) établis par l’EUCAST et publiés en ligne sur le site de l’EUCAST restent la propriété de l’EUCAST.  Ces documents (présentation, vidéo) sont libres d’accès et gratuits. Ils peuvent  être utilisés à condition d’indiquer la référence du site EUCAST ; par contre, il n’est en aucun cas permis de les revendre.
 Toute publication se référant à ces données doit comporter la mention suivante “ces données ont été produites par l’EUCAST, notamment lors de collaborations avec l’ECDC. Elles sont accessibles librement et gratuitement grâce au  site de l’EUCAST
www.eucast.org. Les recommandations de l’EUCAST sont fréquemment mises à jour et les dernières versions sont accessibles sur www.eucast.org."

 

 

This page was last edited 2019-11-21

 

Chairman: Christian Giske
Scientific Secretary: John Turnidge
Clinical data coordinator: Rafael Canton
Technical data coordinator: Gunnar Kahlmeter

Webmaster: Gunnar Kahlmeter