CED EU INFO 2015/02

Issue 2 - May 2015


Progress report on antimicrobial resistance

On 26 February, the European Commission published a progress report on its five year Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The report summarises the progress made under each of the 12 actions. Also that day, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published a joint Annual EU Summary Report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food.

Progress report on the Action plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance (main actions):

Action 1 - Strengthen the promotion of the appropriate use of antimicrobials in human medicine - the EU is financing ARNA, a study to identify the drivers behind the attainment of antibiotics without a medical prescription, and ARPEC project aiming to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing for children.

Action 2 - Strengthen the prudent use of antimicrobials - the Commission adopted in September 2014, new legislative proposals on veterinary medicines and on medicated feed that will address the threat of AMR in both areas - notably, a legal tool to preserve certain antimicrobials for human use in the veterinary medicines proposal.

Action 10 - Strengthen surveillance systems in the food chain - a Commission Implementing Decision (2013/652/EU) entered into force on 1 January 2014 which ensures harmonised monitoring systems in Europe, fosters comparability between the Member States and between the human and veterinary sectors and facilitates the monitoring of patterns of multi-drug resistance in the EU.

AMR will remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016. For a state-of-play on the actions see also the roadmap.



For more information contact:
CED Brussels Office
Tel: + 32 2 736 34 29