Updated European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care

18 September 2018

Article: 52/3704

The second edition of the European Union Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ESTC) is now available. The ESTC is a user-friendly guide for the optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis (TB).

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) jointly developed the standards in consultation with experts from international societies and organisations, national TB programmes, civil society and affected communities. The ESTC was updated to integrate evidence-based recommendations from recently published international guidelines and policy documents.

The ESTC includes 21 standards in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, HIV and co-morbidities and public health and prevention. The goal of the ESTC is to support public health experts, clinicians and healthcare programmes in TB prevention and control, bridging current gaps in case management of TB in the EU/EEA and contribute to ending TB in the region as envisioned in United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 3.3.

The ESTC is available to view in all EU/EEA languages on the ECDC website.

Source: ECDC, 12 September 2018.