The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance has welcomed the European Commission’s five-year action plan on antimicrobial resistance, which was published on November 17.

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) has welcomed the European Commission’s five-year action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which was published on November 17.

John FitzGeraldThe commission’s document includes 12 actions to be implemented by member states. The action plan includes an emphasis on the development on novel antimicrobials, more research into AMR and greater consistency of veterinary use on antimicrobials across Europe.

RUMA secretary general John FitzGerald said: “RUMA welcomes the commission’s proposals to strengthen and harmonise surveillance systems on AMR and antimicrobial consumption in both the human and animal sectors across the EU. AMR is a complex issue and some groups continue to use this to call for a reduction in the antimicrobials available for animal use.

“RUMA believes that any changes in animal or human use should be driven by sound science and such change should be evolutionary not revolutionary. Harmonised surveillance is vital so that the same things are measured in the same way to allow valid comparisons between human and animal use to be made.

Mr FitzGerald added: “RUMA also welcomes the commission’s emphasis of the need for education campaigns throughout the EU. RUMA encourages the commission to extend their laudable initiative to provide funds for training and education on responsible use of antimicrobials for professionals in the field of human medicines to those involved in veterinary sector.”

RUMA was established in 1997 to promote high standards of food safety, animal health and animal in British farming. The organisation has developed species-specific guidelines on good practice for antimicrobial use aimed at vets and farmers.

 

  • The guidelines concerning sheep, cattle, poultry, pigs and fish are available online www.ruma.org.uk
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