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EUCAST news and updates (2024.04.02)

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EUCAST news and updates

Dear colleagues,

The following news items have been published in the previous month:

  • 01 Apr 2024:  Dalbavancin MIC distributions and ECOFFs

    Dalbavancin MIC distributions and ECOFFs, particularly for Enterococcus faecalis and E. faecium, made available. This is in response to frequent requests for more information on dalbavancin MIC distributions. 

     

  • 25 Mar 2024:  RAST updates (breakpoints, methods and FAQ)

    Documents (breakpoint tables, methods and FAQs) related to Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing directly from positive blood culture bottles have been revised.

     

  • 19 Mar 2024:  Welcome to the EUCAST General Committee meeting 29 April

    This year´s EUCAST General Committee meeting is held in Barcelona, Monday 29 April 2024 (meeting room Vienna, Hall 8, 9.00 - 1030). The meeting is an open meeting - very welcome. 

     

  • 15 Mar 2024:  EUCAST panels of strains with well defined susceptibility

    EUCAST has organised panels of organisms with phenotypically well characterized levels of susceptibility. These are available through the Gothenburg University Strain Collection services (CCUG).

     

    MIC-values were determined with reference broth micro-dilution on several occasions before and after freeze drying. Each panel will contain 5 - 25 strains of which a few strains have MICs representative of the wild type of the species, and others with typical resistance mechanisms and phenotypically reproducible levels of susceptibility. Each panel will highlight a difficult area of susceptibility testing. They will be useful for 

     

    • laboratories aiming to validate the accuracy of their AST methods
    • validating the quality of commercial material intended for susceptibility testing (the MIC-value or the correct categorisation of S, I and R) 
    • developers of antimicrobials and AST methods.

     

    Currently, panels of Streptococcus pneumoniae and of Pseudomonas aeruginosa are available.

     

    Panels of Enterobacterales and Pseudomonas suitable for calibrating disk diffusion of cefiderocol are being organised. 

     

  • 11 Mar 2024:  Consultation from the Antimycobacterial subcommittee 11 March - 19 April.

    Consultation from the Antimycobacterial subcommittee 11 March - 19 April, 2024 on a new "Reference protocol for MIC determination of anti-tuberculous agents".

     


Please visit the EUCAST News page to read more.

All changes to the EUCAST website and to AST recommendations and guidance are listed in a table on the EUCAST website!

With kind regards,
EUCAST

 
 
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