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The European Meningococcal and Haemophilus Disease Society (EMGM Society, www.emgm.eu) was founded in June 2005 as a forum for collaboration between the European Reference Laboratories for Meningococci and infectious disease epidemiologists. The EMGM society succeeded the previous European Monitoring Group on Meningococci, which for many years provided Europe with epidemiological data on meningococcal disease. On the basis of the most successful activities of the European National Meningococcal Reference laboratories and the Epidemiology Units within the EMGM it is now extended to the H. influenazae invasive diseases.

The Society is a non-profit making organisation of individuals dedicated to the reduction of the burden of invasive bacterial diseases due to N. meningitidis and H. influenzae by the pursuit of scientific knowledge in the fields.

The Society has the objective of supporting non-commercial national and international bodies as follows:

promotion of clinical microbiological laboratory work and epidemiology as well as research, teaching, training, quality assurance/control, diagnosis, strain characterisation, pathogenesis, immunogenicity, prevention, impact of vaccination strategies and therapy of disease including antimicrobial susceptibility testing and prescribing policy, infection control and good laboratory practice, and other basic and clinical aspects of infection and immunity.

The Society shall provide expert opinions on subjects defined within or outside the Society in the fields of its activities.