Participant information

The European strain database Survey –  is aiming to get an insight into the willingness and the conditions under which microbiological laboratories across Europe could submit data to the new European strain database.  

If you decide to take part and complete the online survey, this will take around 5 minutes.

Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why this survey is being conducted and what it involves.  Please take a few minutes to read the information provided below.

Why am I being invited to take part?
This survey is part of the “European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment” (ENOVAT) project funded by the EU COST Action in which 32 countries are taking part. More information and the list of participating countries can be found at:
The aim of this Action is to optimize veterinary antimicrobial use with special emphasis on the development of antimicrobial treatment guidelines and refinement of microbiological diagnostic procedures. For this purpose, it is planned to establish a strain database with information on veterinary pathogens stored across Europe. This strain database should include – amongst others - information on pathogens that are traditionally difficult to identify by MALDI TOF MS and pathogens for which animal-specific CBPs are lacking.

Your participation in the survey will increase our chances of acheiving the goals of this project, which overall aims to improve the quality of veterinary diagnostics, treatment guidelines and improve veterinary antimicrobial stewardship.

Do I have to take part ?
Participation is voluntary and you do not have to take part in this study. If you feel that someone else in your organisation is better placed to complete the survey, then please pass this on.

 What will happen if I want to stop taking part?
 You can withdraw at any time during the online survey.  However, once the questionnaire is completed and submitted, we will not be to withdraw your information because the survey is run anonymously and we cannot identify your responses.

 How will my data be used?
The data collected will be used only for this specific project and only a limited number of people will have access to the data. The data you provide will be stored securely on the University of Liverpool password protected computers for 7 years, in line with data protection requirements at the University of Liverpool.

What will happen to the results of the survey?
The results will be used to identify microbiological laboratories, which are interested to submit data to the new European strain database and under which conditions they could submit data. Laboratories which are willing to participate will afterwards receive an excel sheet for completing with information on available isolate information. Once data in the strain database are collected and analysed, we aim to present the results in an easily accessible open access journal and other channels of veterinary press.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact:

Gudrun Overesch
University of Bern
If we cannot answer your question or you have a complaint with which you feel you cannot come to us, then please contact the University of Bern, Research Ethics and Integrity Office at
Please quote the study name (ENOVAT), the researcher involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.

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* 1. I have read the above information and I consent to participating in this study.