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3 April 2018

Dear colleagues,

You have just one more week to sign up for the TAE Day at ECCMID. Select the expert of your choice, but act soon as the tables are filling up quickly. Registration ends 11 April.

The Emerging Infections Taskforce (EITaF) has released a new contribution reporting on infection with seasonal reassortant A (H1N2) influenza virus in the Netherlands.

Your ESCMID communications editors


ECCMID 2018 app available in store from today

You may find the congress app for ECCMID 2018 in the webstore from today. It allows you to navigate through the entire 28th ECCMID programme and you may access all important information on your mobile phone or tablet. You can view sessions by day and category, and access the abstracts being presented. Create your individual scientific schedule and save it to your calendar. Locate all session rooms and your favourite exhibitors on the floor plans. Get in contact with your colleagues via the integrated chat tool and comment on all sessions and presentations. Download the ECCMID 2018 congress app from the iOS or Android app store for your mobile interactive congress experience. You can check the scientific programme on eccmidlive.org.

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ESCMID Parity Commission launches tool for self-evaluation

We are pleased to launch the Parity Tool which is a self-evaluation tool for promoting equality in the clinical microbiology and infectious diseases sectors. Aimed at leaders, HR staff and enlightened CM/ID professionals, the tool is designed to raise awareness; allow for confidential self-assessment of your institute; and provide tools for designing and negotiating measures. We hope you will find this helpful and share it with your colleagues.

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CMI highlight: experts define global AMS criteria for hospitals

A group of 15 international experts, led by researchers from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) in India and the Université de Lorraine in France, has now for the first time defined seven core elements and 29 related checklist items that describe the essential and minimum standards for hospital-based AMS programmes applicable in both high and low-to-middle income countries. The core elements include senior hospital management leadership towards antimicrobial stewardship, accountability and responsibilities, available expertise on infection management, education and practical training. They also include other actions aimed at responsible antimicrobial use, monitoring and surveillance as well as reporting and feedback on a continuous basis. In contrast to existing lists, this new consensus document is more comprehensive and more generic, and can be further modified and used for certification, benchmarking, or performance purposes. Read the press release.

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