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.

The purpose of the training will be to spread the knowledge between the participants of the implementation of the “One Health” approach on the use of and resistance to antimicrobials, providing the best practices on the design, implementation and management of National Action Plans against antimicrobial resistance. The Plans will have to be implemented under the responsibility of the competent authority of the Member States. Each Member State therefore has an important role to play in ensuring that these objectives are achieved. A key element of the training will be to not only make participants aware of best practices in the veterinary/food and human sectors, but to emphasize how vital is that a common approach is adopted throughout the Union.

With this purpose on mind, the training will aim at achieving the following objectives:

  • Spread the knowledge of the implementation of the “one health” approach on the use and resistance of the antimicrobials.
  • Provide the best practices regarding the design, implementation and management of National Action Plans against antimicrobial resistance.
  • Promote the use of common indicators, monitoring and surveillance systems of antimicrobials and AMR in both human and veterinary sectors.
  • Ensure that the trainees have a solid understanding of ways to collaborate and coordinate among the different national authorities as well as EU agencies involved in the monitoring and surveillance of the use of antimicrobials and their resistance.

Target audience

The training program is mainly addressed to:

  • Officials from National Competent Authorities involved, preferably at central level, in the monitoring, surveillance, reporting and control activities for the correct use of antimicrobials and the resistance to them in public health and veterinary/ food sectors.
  • Senior officers from Public Health competent authorities.
  • Senior officers from Primary production of animals intended to be food competent authorities.
  • Senior officers from Food safety competent authorities.
  • Senior officers from any of the previous competent authorities involved dealing with environmental AMR related issues.

They need to:

  • Be able to communicate in the English language.
  • Agree to actively disseminate the contents of the training course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to assure a multidisciplinary approach in the training, NCPs will be required to send 2 participants per session invited, 1 from the public health sector, and 1 from veterinary / food sector. In all cases, they will be involved in the control and surveillance of the use of antimicrobials or their resistance.

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 25/11/2019 28/11/2019 Malaga Spain
2 13/01/2020 16/01/2020 Athens Greece
3 03/02/2020 06/02/2020 Zagreb Croatia
4 24/05/2021 28/05/2021 N/A N/A
5 14/06/2021 18/06/2021 N/A N/A
6 05/07/2021 09/07/2021 N/A N/A
7 13/09/2021 17/09/2021 N/A N/A
8 04/10/2021 08/10/2021 N/A N/A
9 25/10/2021 29/10/2021 N/A N/A
10 29/11/2021 03/12/2021 N/A N/A
11 17/01/2022 21/01/2022 VC VC
12 07/02/2022 11/02/2022 VC VC
13 21/03/2022 25/03/2022 VCVC
14 25/04/2022 29/04/2022 VC VC
15 23/05/2022 26/05/2022 Madrid Spain
16 20/06/2022 23/06/2022 Madrid Spain

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.

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.

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 28/03/2022 01/04/2022 Virtual Class Senegal
11 09/05/2022 13/05/2022
VC (Latinamerica) VC (Latinamerica)
12 13/06/2022 17/06/2022
VC (China) VC (China)
13 04/07/2022 08/07/2022
VC (Oceania) VC (Oceania)