Last update 10.01.2019
In order to ensure a better surveillance of infectious diseases in Luxembourg, general practitioners and dentists are under the obligation to report certain diseases such as tuberculosis, Lyme's disease, mumps, measles or certain sexually transmitted diseases (e.g. AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis).
Who is concerned
The reporting obligation for infectious diseases applies to all general practitioners and dentists who diagnose one of the diseases listed hereafter within the framework of their professional activity.
The diseases which have to be reported are those:
- that require urgent intervention on a local, national or international level;
- whose surveillance is necessary for the conduct and evaluation of public health policies.
A maximum mandatory reporting deadline has been set for each infectious or transmissible disease. Depending on the severity of the threat to public health, there are 3 levels of deadline:
- without delay by telephone, i.e. within 2 hours of the suspected diagnosis;
- no later than 24 hours after the diagnosis;
- no later than 1 week after the diagnosis.
How to proceed
Introducing the mandatory reporting
The general practitioner or dentist who establishes the diagnosis of one of the listed diseases within the framework of their activity is under the obligation to inform the health authority within the set deadline.
To do so, they have to transmit a dated and signed document which must contain all relevant information they hold, for the purpose of epidemiological surveillance.
Diseases which pose a serious threat to public health have to be reported within 2 hours, even in the event of a suspected diagnosis, to the Health Inspection by phone on (+352) 247-85 650 or, outside office hours, by calling the emergency services on 112.
For all other listed infectious diseases, the report can be submitted:
- electronically via the secure transmission system of MyGuichet.lu;
- by fax;
- by post.
The general practitioner or dentist can be sanctioned with a fine between EUR 25 and EUR 250 for reasons of failure to comply with the mandatory reporting obligation for certain diseases within the set deadlines.
In the case of a detected infringement, the health authority or the physicians at the National Health Directorate can issue fines.
Moreover, any doctor who does not comply with the reporting obligations may become subject to criminal prosecution.
Forms / Online services
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Colite à Clostridium difficile
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Escherichia coli VTEC / STEC gastro-entérite etSHU
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Grippe - nouveau sous-type
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Infection invasive à Haemophilus influenzae
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Infection invasive à Pneumocoque
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Lassa et autres Arenavirus
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Rubéole et Rubéole congenitale
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Toxoplasmose et Toxoplasmose congénitale
Déclaration des maladies infectieuses - Zika et zika congénital