The Hellenic Pasteur Institute hosts 5 National Reference Laboratories for Infectious diseases which play a central role in detection, monitoring/surveillance, outbreak investigation and response for infectious diseases. The National Reference Laboratories are actively involved in the rapid diagnosis of common, (re-)emerging and imported infectious microorganisms, typing of infectious agents,
molecular epidemiology and phylogenetic analysis of pathogens during outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics.
The core activities of National Reference Laboratories are:
- to use state-of-the-art validated laboratory methods for their operation
- to deliver accurate confirmation of diagnostic results
- to perform surveillance and support outbreak investigation
- to develop and maintain a collection of relevant reference material
The National Reference Laboratories share the results of their studies with the Health Authorities and constitute a resource and coordination point for expertise within their specific area.
Τhe National Reference Laboratories of HPI are the following: