Background information

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of micro-organisms to neutralize the effect of drugs produced to defeat them. It is a natural biological phenomenon but lately a variety of factors have contributed to accelerate these defences mechanisms, such as: inappropriate or abuse of therapeutic antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine; poor hygiene and infection prevention measures in healthcare settings and at farm level; or lack of new effective antimicrobial alternatives.

The ineffectiveness of drugs is causing direct severe effects such as longer illness, increased mortality, prolonged stays in hospitals, and lack of drug protection in operations and medical procedures, and increased costs. Combating antimicrobial resistance has become a global public health challenge.

The essence of the One Health approach to tackling AMR is in the understanding that in order to combat AMR appropriately and effectively, concerted collaborative efforts are necessary across the human health, veterinary medicine and environment sectors. It must involve partnerships between those working at the interface of multiple related disciplines, putting together action from veterinarians, physicians, epidemiologists, researchers in public health and ecology, in which reaching a consensus depends on political commitment.

The development of enhanced surveillance systems and prudent use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine are two of the key areas for action of the EU policy against AMR.

At international level, the Union particularly wants to focus on implementation of commitments made on AMR in international fora, including the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR as well as in the OIE and FAO resolutions. Sustaining political momentum, focusing on next steps and increasing international awareness and cooperation are also important components to follow-up the conclusions of the high-level event on AMR that was held at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.

As one of the largest markets for agricultural products, the EU can play a major role by promoting its standards and measures for addressing AMR with its trade partners. The proposed training will therefore aim at strengthening the EU as 'stronger global actor', and at building on existing relationships and facilitating policy dialogue with the involved countries.

Objectives

The Training Programme on Antimicrobial resistance non EU overall objectives are:

  • To work towards reinforcing engagement and collaboration with international organisations and intensify cooperation with countries outside of the European Union on AMR.
  • The aim of this course is to provide support on strategies and actions at promoting and strenghtening the prudent use of antimicrobials and monitoring resistance, in veterinary, food safety and in public health sectors, reinforcing engagement and collaboration with international organisations, and intensifying cooperation with those most affected developing countries.

Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Occurrence factors of AMR in zoonotic and other bacteria with public health importance and general concepts related to AMR.
  • EC Action Plan against the rising threats from AMR with focus on its “One Health” approach.
  • Overview of the EU legal framework applicable to AMR and the use of antimicrobials.
  • Relevant international initiatives and standards in the field of AMR (e.g. Codex Alimentarius, WHO, and OIE).
  • Practical application of EU provisions on monitoring of AMR in zoonotic and other bacterial with public health importance.
  • Practical application of EU provisions on the monitoring of the use of antimicrobials.
  • Commission guidance documents on prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine and EU guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health.
  • Examples of good practices for strategies and actions aimed at promoting and strengthening the prudent use of antimicrobials, including examples of successful private standards and/or policies related to AMR developed by companies.

Target audience

The training course is mainly addressed to:

  • Decision / policy makers / senior officers from Public Health competent authorities.
  • Decision / policy makers / senior officers from Primary production of animals intended to be food competent authorities.
  • Decision / policy makers / senior officers from Food safety competent authorities.
  • Senior officers from already existing national and/or regional networks related to antimicrobial resistance.
  • In the absence of the above, it could be considered personnel from public associations or foundations working in the field of combating AMR.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 05/02/2019 08/02/2019 Cape Town South Africa
2 09/04/2019 12/04/2019 Buenos Aires Argentina
3 11/06/2019 14/06/2019 Kiev Ukraine
4 17/09/2019 20/09/2019 Amman Jordan
5 22/10/2019 25/10/2019 PodgoricaMontenegro
6 10/12/2019 13/12/2019 Addis-Ababa Ethiopia
7 18/02/2020 21/02/2020 New Delhi India
8 22/11/2021 26/11/2021 Virtual Class Costa Rica
9 13/12/2021 17/12/2021 Virtual Class indonesia
10 13/12/2021 17/12/2021 Virtual Class Senegal
11 tbc tbc
Jakarta Indonesia

Background information

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on Antimicrobial Resistance are:

  • The dissemination of the information, training for best practices and upgrading national systems in relation to the surveillance and monitoring on antimicrobial resistance.
  • The training also aims to provide training on the methods of prevention and control of AMR in the veterinary and public health sectors with a holistic approach to prevent the infections and reduce the bacterial resistance.

Target audience

The training course is mainly addressed to:

  • Decision and policy makers from competent authorities.
  • Senior officers from competent authorities.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country Language Registration deadline
1  25/11/2019  28/11/2019  Malaga  Spain  EN  01/11/2019
2  13/01/2020  16/01/2020  Athens  Greece  EN  02/12/2019
3  03/02/2020  06/02/2020  Zagreb  Croatia  EN  31/12/2019
4  24/05/2021  28/05/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  17/05/2021
5  14/06/2021  18/06/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  07/06/2021
6  05/07/2021  09/07/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  28/06/2021
7  13/09/2021  17/09/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  06/09/2021
8  04/10/2021  08/10/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  27/09/2021
9  25/10/2021  29/10/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  18/10/2021
10  29/11/2021  03/12/2021  N/A  N/A  EN  22/11/2021
11  17/01/2022  21/01/2022  VC  VC  EN  10/01/2022
12  07/02/2022  11/02/2022  VC  VC  EN  31/01/2022
13  21/03/2022  24/03/2022  TBC  TBC  EN  14/02/2022
14  25/04/2022  28/04/2022  TBC  TBC  EN  21/03/2022
15  23/05/2022  26/05/2022  TBC  TBC  EN  18/04/2022