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European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies

Centre of Environmental and Preventive Medicine

Funding Body: Commission of the European Community
Project Investigator: Joan Morris

Overview

EUROCAT is a European network of 43 population-based congenital anomaly registries covering 1.7 million births in 23 countries of Europe (29% of all births)

Congenital Anomalies

  • are a major cause of fetal and infant mortality, childhood morbidity and long-term disability
  • carry a high burden to affected individuals, their families and the community in terms of quality of life, participation in the community and the need for services

The main objectives of EUROCAT are to

  • provide essential epidemiologic information on congenital anomalies in Europe.
  • facilitate the early warning of new teratogenic exposures
  • evaluate the effectiveness of primary prevention and prenatal screening

Organisation of EUROCAT

  • Central registry based at University of Ulster
  • All full member registries are high quality multiple source registries, ascertaining terminations of pregnancy as well as births
  • EUROCAT is a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies
  • Professor Morris is funded by EUROCAT to provide statistical support

Website: EUROCAT NETWORK

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