About the German National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections
The German National Reference Centers for monitoring important disease pathogens were called into being by the German Federal Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Commisssion for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the Robert Koch Institute in 1995.
The tasks of the National Reference Centers were adapted to current epidemiology needs. These infectious disease epidemiology networks should establish structures that make it possible to gather relevant data from all areas to fight infectious disease, to describe deficient areas and to gather missing information as needed. The resulting data would form the basis for considerably improved public health action.
In addition to the National Reference Centers for epidemiologically relevant infectious diseases (e.g., influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, salmonella and other enteritis-causing pathogens, mycobacteria, meningococci and retroviruses), the National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections was newly established and its purpose redefined.
The NRZ for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections is run by the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a joint institution of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
All German National Reference Centers are administered by the Robert Koch Institute.