At the 10th National Congress of Public Health and Health Services, which took place in Athens from 31 March to 2 April 2014, the employees of the Public Health Laboratories Network (PHLN) of the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention presented their own sessions on Wednesday, 2 April. At the first of these, the scientific head of each laboratory presented the laboratory’s annual report for 2013.
After the presentation of these data, the manager of PHLN, Mr. S. Sabatakakis, referred to future developments necessary to achieve the goals of continuous improvement and further empowerment of the PHLN.
The PHLN executive presentations that followed focused on subjects, such as water quality (S. Baltsiotis), biosafety (K. Trifinopoulou), and the importance of PHLN in ensuring water safety (M. Koureas).
In the last session, the participants were presented with the earlier data for water and food sampling. The executives focused specifically on the importance of effective sampling for microbiological tests of water for human consumption (I. Spiliopoulou), of surface water (Ch. Nikolaidis), of wastewater (P. Mandalos), of water for Legionella detection and enumeration (A. Floutzi), of food samples (M. Kontarini), and of water for chemical tests (A. Haldoupi).
The participants, who were drawn from the wide number of organizations cooperating with the PHLN, showed special interest by asking important questions and participating in a constructive dialogue.
S. Baltsiotis, Economist, M.B.A. Total Quality Management Department of Accreditation and Qualitative Sufficiency Public Health Laboratory Network, HCDCP