What is EFSA doing to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals?

What is EFSA doing to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals?


There have been quite a lot
of concerns recently about the increasing levels of resistance
in key zoonotic pathogens and also in commensals which have
been associated with food animals and which transferred to humans
either by contact or through food. This working group was set up
really to look at measures that have been undertaken over
the last few years to reduce the incidence of such strains
and such resistances. There have been varying
attempts to actually reduce the use of antibiotics with various
success of different member states. This group was really set up
initially to see how successful the various attempts have been. It was then taken forward
by the Commission to have a much more fuller look at it. We have 5 key terms of
reference to do this; the first term of reference to actually
assess or look at the different methods that have been used to actually control
the use of antibiotics and reduce them. The second term of reference was to
assess the impact of these measures. The third term of reference to
look at was alternative methods of the possible use of antibiotics. The fourth term of reference was
to see the impact of such measures and the fifth term of reference is
to make recommendations of how antibiotics can be reduced in animals. For this purpose our actual set-up
for EFSA involves ourselves the biological hazards panel,
together with the animal health and welfare panel and
the feed additives panel. We have representatives
from all of those three panels taking part in this work group. The EMAs concern on their side,
they have representatives from the committee of veterinary medicinal products
and also the antibiotics working party. So this is a joint project co-chaired
by ourselves, EFSA and by the EMA and the BIOHAZ Panel has the
overarching responsibility for EFSA in this particular project.

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