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Current Officers

Juliëtte Severin


Juliëtte Severin (Netherlands)

Martin Kiernan

Vice Chair

Martin Kiernan (UK)

Kalisvar Marimutha


Kalisvar Marimuthu (Singapore)

All Members

Emine Alp (Turkey)
Fatma Amer (Egypt)
Brenda Ang (Singapore)
Le Thi Anh Thu (Vietnam)
Hanan Balkhy (Arabia)
Purabi Barman (India)
Luis Bavestrello (Chile)
Michael Borg (Malta)
Vincent Cheng (Hong Kong)
Peter Collington (Australia)
Nizam Damani (UK)
Lieve Debruyne (Belgium)
Angela Dramowski (South Africa)
Michael Edmond (USA)
Rehab El-Sokkary (Egypt)
John Ferguson (Australia)
Dale Fisher (Singapore)
Leanne Frazer (Australia)
Alex Friedrich (The Netherlands)
Petra Gastmeier (Germany)
Abdul Ghafur (India)
Achilleas Gikas (Greece)
Tom Gottlieb (Australia/NZ)
Manuel Guzman (Venezuela)
Alfonso Guzman (Venezuela)
Joost Hopman (The Netherlands)
Po-Ren Hsueh (Taiwan)
Bije Hu (China)
Inge Huijskens (The Netherlands)
Aamer Ikram (Pakistan)
Namita Jaggi (India)
Jesse Jacob (USA)
Mitsuo Kaku (Japan)
Nikki Kenters (The Netherlands)
Eui-Chong Kim (South Korea)
Marjolein Kluytmans - van den Bergh (The Netherlands)
Axel Kramer (Germany)
Andy Lee (Australia)
Kwanglong Lee (South Korea)
Monica de Leeuw (the Netherlands)
Gabriel Levy Hara (Argentina)
Moi-Lin Ling (Singapore)
Andy Lee (Australia)
Birgitta Lytsy (Sweden)
Shruti Malik (Saudi Arabia)
Aleksandra Marek (UK)
Lorena Matta (Columbia)
Kails Marimuthu (Singapore)
Ziad Memish (Arabia)
Leonard Mermel (USA)
Shaheen Methar (South Africa)
Ruth Meinke (Germany)
Marrigje Nabuurs (The Netherlands)
Miki Nagao (Japan)
Fortune Ncube (UK)
Awa Ndir (Senegal)
Babacar Ndoye (Senegal)
Margaret O'Donoghue (Hong Kong)
Eli Perencevich (USA)
Leen Pollet (Belgium)
Simona Maria Purrelo (Italy)
Dianelys Quinones (Cuba)
Yogandree Ramsamy (South Africa)
Ossam Rasslan (Egypt)
Behzad Razavi (Germany)
Tom Riley (Australia/NZ)
Victor Saravia (Venezuela)
Katja Saris (The Netherlands)
Mitchell Schwaber (Israel)
Marin Schweizer (USA)
Wing Hong Seto (Hong Kong)
Atef Sibel (Arabia)
Carlos Starling (Brazil)
Stefania Stefani (Italy)
Paul Tambyah (Singapore)
Ermira Tartari (Malta)
Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha (Vietnam)
Athanassios Tsakris (Greece)
Sarah Tschudin (Switzerland)
Serhat Unal (Turkey)
Margreet C. Vos (The Netherlands)
Andreas Voss (Netherlands)
Andreas Widmeer (Netherlands)
Shuk Ching Wong (Hong Kong)
Li Yang Hsu (Singapore)



How to Join

ISAC Working Groups are open to new members with a strong interest and relevant experience in the given field. To join an ISAC Working Group, please contact Fee Johnstone, ISAC Executive Officer with your name and a brief C.V. We welcome new members!

Aims and Objectives

While ISAC has many sections/working groups (WG) on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance/stewardship it was lacking a WG on Infection Prevention and Control (ICP). Due to the emergence of MDR-m.o.’s and an ever-increasing incidence of old and new infectious diseases, control and prevention of HAIs has become of utmost importance.

The new IPC Working Group is aimed at international cooperation with regards to education, research and practical guidelines in the broad field of infection control and prevention in healthcare settings (primarily hospitals and nursing homes).

All those interested in infection control and prevention are welcome to join the group. To ensure new ideas and future continuity, we especially welcome “younger colleagues/future leaders". The general ISAC guidelines are applicable.

Publications /Projects


Perceived Challenges of COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness: A Multinational Survey
Tartari E, Hopmand J, Allegranzi B, Gao B, Widmer A, Chi-Chung Cheng V, Ching Wong S, Marimuthu K, Ogunsola F, Voss A on behalf of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Infection Prevention Control Working Group, (ISAC-IPC)
J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 2020 Jul 10;22:779-781. 



Not sick enough to worry? "Influenza-like" symptoms and work-related behavior among healthcare workers and other professionals: Results of a global survey
Tartari E, Saris K, Kenters N, Marimuthu K, Widmer A, Collingnon P, Cheng VCC, Wong SC, Gottlied T, Tambyah PA, Perencevich E, Allegranzi B, Dramowski A, Edmond MB, Voss A on behalf of the ISAC IPC Working Group.
PLoS ONE 2020:15:e0232168.


Influenza Poster
Not sick enough to worry? “flu-like” symptoms and work-related behaviour among heathcare workers and other professionals worldwide
Tartari E, Saris K, Kenters N, Marimuthu K, Widmer, A, Collignon, Cheng V, Wong SC, Gottlieb T, Perencevich E,  Tambyah P, Allegranzi B, Dramowski A, Edmond M, Members of the ISAC-IPC Working Group, Voss A on behalf of ISAC, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Working Group

2019 Organised expert meeting on prevention and control of Candida auris – article subsequently published:
Control of Candida auris in healthcare institutions: outcome of an ISAC expert meeting
Kenters N, Kiernan M, Chowdhary A et al. Int J Antimicrob Agents. Aug 2019
Click the link to view the PDF.

Control of Candida Auris in Healthcare Institutions.pdf


Control of Candida Auris in healthcare institutions: Poster
Candida Auris poster.pdf


Influenza Suvery: exploring views and behaviour of the general public in the face of influenza. Survey is now closed.


Infection Prevention & Control Annual Report 2017

November 2016

Global variances in infection control practices for vancomycin resistant Enterococcus – results of an electronic survey

August 2016

Environmental Cleaning Survey - assessing the global cleaning and disinfecting practices in hospitals - survey is now closed.

May 2015

Preparedness of institutions around the world for managing patients with Ebola virus disease: an infection control readiness checklist


Survey on current endoscope reprocessing practices - survey is now closed and manuscript is in preparation



Future / Ongoing Activities

Working Group meeting at ECCMID 2020 **Cancelled due to COVID-19**

Possible survey on the prevention of blood-borne disease in LMIC (lead by Rehab Elsokkary together with ICAN)

Development of a study on environmental cleaning (lead by Andreas Voss)

Looking into new leadership for the group

Planning a last training course (ESCMID/SHEA/ISAC) with the old faculty

A final ESCMID/SHEA/ISAC training course in IPC and epidemiology (date to be confirmed, November 2020 proposed but no longer possible due to COVID-19)

Hand Hygiene follow-up from meeting, manuscript in progress

Adenosine Triphosphate Detection (ATP) measurement system for monitoring environment hygiene


Global Infection Prevention Control (GIPC) Network

ISAC is delighted to be a new member of the WHO Global Infection Prevention Control Network (GIPCN).

ISAC aims to collaborate with WHO more closely and regularly on IPC and the epidemiology of AMR in health care and HAIs.

The Global Infection Prevention Control (GIPC) Network’s aim is to enhance local, national (Member States) and international coordination and collaboration in the field of infection prevention and control (IPC) and to support WHO’s and Member States’ efforts on IPC; from preparedness, to IPC systems and programmes’ strengthening, outbreak prevention and control, as well as capacity building for surveillance.

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Presentations / Meetings

August 2019 Organised expert meeting on prevention and control of Candida auris in Amsterdam
20 - 21 October 2019 Update in Hand hygiene including automated surveillance systems- expert meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands
2019 Adenosine Triphosphate Detection (ATP) measurement system for monitoring environment hygiene – Teleconference
2019 Conducted an expert meeting on 'Technology Support of Hand Hygiene" as an ISAC-WG meeting together with the WHO-reference Center of Geneva University Hospital
November 2016 Essentials in Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention and Management, (EUCIC-SHEA-ISC course), Vietnam
September 2016 Expert meeting "Patient involvement to prevent SSI"
May 2016

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring 2016 Conference: Science Guiding Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia:

Are there Global Standards for Endoscope Reprocessing Methods?

The Possibilities of Innovative Automated Tools for Hand Hygiene Compliance Measurement

April 2016

26th ECCMID, Amsterdam. Poster presentation of IPC group work:

International survey on the current practice of endoscope-reprocessing

November 2015 6th Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and Infection (SECC), Thessaloniki, Greece.

Infection prevention and control measures, where are we and where will we be in 2020?
2013 ICC 2013 Meeting Yokohama, Japan
2011 ICC 2011 Meeting Milano, Italy

Last updated: October 25th-2023