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European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies (EUROCAT)



Subject Keywords: Epidemiological, Surveillance, Congenital anomalies
Set: Chronic Conditions
Rare Disease
Rare Diseases
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Database
Region: Europe

EUROCAT is a European network of population-based registries for the epidemiologic surveillance of congenital anomalies. Established in 1979, EUROCAT now surveys more than 1.7 million births per year in Europe, with 43 registries in 23 countries, covering 29% of European birth population.

The Objectives of EUROCAT are:

  • To facilitate the early warning of new teratogenic exposures.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of primary prevention.
  • To assess the impact of developments in prenatal screening.
  • To act as an information and resource centre for the population, health professionals and managers regarding clusters or exposures or risk factors of concern.
  • To provide a ready collaborative network and infrastructure for research related to the causes and prevention of congenital anomalies and the treatment and care of affected children.

To act as a catalyst for the setting up of registries throughout Europe collecting comparable, standardised data



Rights: © EUROCAT
Suggested citation:

EUROCAT. (2012) European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies (EUROCAT) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 25th March 2018].


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