Speaking at the ECDC launch event (16th November 2015) of the 8th European Antibiotic Awareness Day, IFAH-Europe’s Secretary General Roxane Feller called for collaborative action from policymakers, scientists, industry, veterinarians, farmers, medical professionals, as well as the general public to address the issue of antibiotic resistance.
Members of the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) celebrate today 10 years of collective action to ensure best practice in animal health.
During the conference – “Farmers and veterinarians together to tackle antimicrobial resistance” - held today under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the International Federation for Animal Health – Europe (IFAH-Europe) called for policies regarding the use of antibiotics in animals to be based soundly on science and for the focus to be on Responsible Use of antibiotics.
IFAH-Europe welcomes the 5th Report prepared by the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) group. It presents standardised sales data gathered annually on veterinary antimicrobials by class in cooperation with national authorities, and is coordinated by the European Medicines Agency.
IFAH-Europe welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s “Guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials”. We recognise the importance of responsible use of antimicrobials, as is reflected in our longstanding support of the EPRUMA stakeholder platform, of which IFAH-Europe is a founding member. We are also a strong supporter of the European Surveillance Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project. While Member States need to make decisions on responsible use based on their local agricultural and disease needs, co-ordination at the European level is essential to maximise their effectiveness.