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P171: Promoting European infection control / hospital hygiene core competencies (EIC/HHCC): a comparative analysis with related disciplines

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control20132 (Suppl 1) :P171

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  • Infectious Disease
  • European Country
  • Infection Control
  • Implementation Strategy
  • Technical Document


Training Infection Control in Europe (TRICE) in 2010 identified significant differences within European Countries (EC) in the existence of Infection Control /Hospital Hygiene (IC/HH) courses and their compliance with the Improving Patient Safety in Europe (IPSE, 2008) recommended Core Competencies. The need to improve official recognition of “IC/HH degrees” for healthcare professionals also emerged. TRICE further developed, agreed EIC/HHCC with two tiers, published by ECDC in March 2013 as a Technical Document.


Within the ECDC 2012 commissioned project TRICE-IS (Implementation Strategy) we conducted a comparative analysis between EIC/HHCC and IC/HH related disciplines within the broader aim of promoting mutual recognition of courses based on EIC/HHCC within European Countries.


We collected documents about disciplines that in TRICE were related to IC/HH (Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Epidemiology) and compared them with European IC/HH Core Competencies.


Documents collected were referred to:Public Health (ASPHER), Epidemiology (ECDC) Public Health Microbiology (EUPHEM, ECDC), Medical Microbiology (UEMS) and Infectious Diseases (UEMS). Global alignment with the EIC/HHCC competencies (n.101) resulted: 80% for ASPHER, 56% for epidemiology ECDC, 40% for Infectious Diseases, 20% Medical Microbiology UEMS and 64,4% for EUPHEM. In the Program Management area (n. 24 competencies) poor alignment has been identified for Infectious Diseases 37.5%,and Medical Microbiology (UEMS) 16.7% and Public Health Microbiology (EUPHEM) 4%.


European documents addressing the training of specialties related to IC/HH have many topics similar to those reported in the EIC/HHCC. Almost all of them need to be complemented in order to cover the topics mentioned in EIC/HHCC.

Disclosure of interest

None declared

Authors’ Affiliations

Medical and Biological Sciences, University of Udine, Udine, Italy
University College of London, London, UK
Royal College of Nursing London, London, UK
Universitè de Lorraine- CHU de Nancy, Nancy, France
Staten Serum Institute Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
University Hospital of Essen, Essen, Germany
DTRM University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
ECDC Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Publich Health and Prevention Medicine, School of Specialization in Medical Hygiene, University of Udine, Udine, Italy
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, University of Udine, Udine, Italy


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