Report: Sales of veterinary antimicrobial agents in 31 European countries in 2017 – Trends from 2010 to 2017

report published by EMA shows that European countries continue to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals. The overall sales of veterinary antibiotics across Europe dropped by more than 32% between 2011 and 2017. In particular, two of the critically important classes of antibiotics for human medicine were used less in animals: sales of polymyxins plummeted by 66% and sales of 3rd- and 4th-generation cephalosporins decreased by more than 20%. These classes include antibiotics used to treat serious infections in humans caused by bacteria resistant to most treatments.

The findings of the report confirm the downward trend seen over the last few years and show that EU guidance and national campaigns promoting prudent use of antibiotics in animals to fight antimicrobial resistance are having a positive effect.

Press Release: Scientists aim for new weapons in fight against superbugs

New weapons are needed to fight drug-resistant bacteria, one of the biggest threats to global health. By working on new antibiotics or finding ways to revive existing ones in our medical arsenal, scientists aim to avoid a return to a world where even everyday infections may mean death.

AMR One-Health Network Meeting (15 October 2019)

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Event: One Health Security Conference (Helsinki, 14-15 October 2019)

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Event: European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE 2019) (Stockholm, 27-29 November 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – Section: “Phytopharmaceuticals – Legislation” (21-22 October 2019)

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Press Release: Non-antibiotic cures for cows could speed up treatments for people

As the global antibiotic resistance crisis grows, chemical-based aerosol sprays and electrical signals to wake up the immune system are being developed to treat cow infections. These non-antibiotic therapies for livestock could also help to limit the spread of antibiotic resistance through the human food chain.

Event: European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2019: Launch event (Stockholm, 18 November 2019)

The launch event is marking the 12th European Antibiotic Awareness Day. It will be hosted by ECDC and the Representation of the European Commission in Sweden and will include keynote speeches, a panel debate, and a public debate with stakeholders and citizens.

Press Release: Antibiotic resistance: How did we get here?

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Comitology Meeting: PAFF Committee – section Biological Safety of the Food Chain (14 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner-designate for Agriculture (1 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner-designate for Health (1 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Exchange of views with a Commission representative (DG SANTE) on the sanitary situation in Brazil – state of play (25 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Exchange of views with Commission representatives (DG AGRI and DG TRADE) on the agricultural component of the Mercosur Free Trade Agreement and other relevant issues of trade policy (25 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is available.

UPDATED – Agenda: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (13 – 14 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers (25 & 27 September 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Plant Health (18-19 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Mr Jari Leppä, Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (22 July 2019)

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX on reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances present in food of animal origin and repealing Decision 2005/34/EC

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture Council – Finnish Presidency Work Programme (15 July 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers (15-16 July 2019)

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Event: World Health Summit 2019 (Berlin, 27-29 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Council Conclusions: The next steps towards making the EU a best practice region in combatting antimicrobial resistance

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OECD Background Paper: The Economy of Well-being

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