Table 3

 Laboratory reporting systems in the European Union—sentinel (sample based) laboratory reporting systems

Year introducedSTIsSampleVariables reportedReporting frequencyNegative results reportedCoverage
Ct, Chlamydia trachomatis; Gc, gonorrhoea; Gc AMR, gonococcal antimicrobial resistance; H, genital herpes; NSC, National Surveillance Centre; Syph, syphilis; NA, not applicable: system not in operation in that country. A, age; C, clinic type; D, date of diagnosis; G, gender; I, country where infection contracted; L, type of laboratory test used; N, number of positive results only, by region; P, place of diagnosis; S, specimen type/site of infection.
Belgium1986Gc, Ct129 laboratories (public and private)Individual A, G, L, SDaily or weeklyNoAbout half the laboratories in Belgium take part in the sentinel system
France RENAGO RENACHLA1986Gc, Ct, GC AMRPublic and private labs geographically representative sampleIndividual A, C, D, G, I, L, P, SMonthlyYes (aggregate: total number tests performed each month)5% of all labs; 10–25% of G & C cases in country
Netherlands ISIS1999Syphilis, Gc, CtConvenience sample of labs, ongoing progressive recruitmentIndividual A, C, D, G, L, P, SDaily to RIVM (automatic electronic upload overnight)YesCovers about 3/16 million population
Spain SIM1989Syphilis, Gc, Ct, Herpes44 laboratoriesAggregate: no. positive diagnoses by sexTime delay to ISCIII ∼1 monthNoCovers ∼25% of population