The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 29 June 2018


NorthernGLASS: A collaborative project among NDPHS partner countries on early implementation of GLASS.


Emily Sellström
Phone: +4672-370 51 46

The overall objective of the project was to support further development of harmonized antimicrobial surveillance systems in the NDPHS Partner Countries (Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden) based on the standards required by the WHO Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS). In NorthernGLASS, experiences from applying the manual and supporting material from early GLASS implementation in NDPHS Partner Countries were shared and summarized to inform further implementation of GLASS and its corresponding manuals.

Another objective was to assist in the possible development of additional supportive material for the early implementation of GLASS. Implementing antimicrobial surveillance according to GLASS methodology in NDPHS Partner Countries would serve to expand ongoing international surveillance in the region led by the ECDC (EARS-Net) and WHO EURO (CAESAR) to include harmonized surveillance of other infections (urine, intestinal and gonorrhoea).

National workshops were organized in Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Russian federation to discuss early implementation of GLASS and related issues.

The final NorthernGLASS workshop was hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and provided feedback to the GLASS implementation process and the supporting documents in order to facilitate further enrolment, implementation and development of GLASS.

The project was managed in close dialogue with WHO EURO and the ECDC.

The NorthernGLASS project received €52,700 seed-funding for 1.5 years from the Swedish Institute.