World Antibiotic Awareness Week 14-20 November
The WVA is celebrating the World Antibiotic Awareness Week that takes place on 14-20 November. Please find here attached the WVA position paper on Responsible Use of Antimicrobials.
- The use of antimicrobials in animals may contribute to development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
- Adherance to the basic principles of this policy should reduce the development and prevalence of AMR resulting from antimicrobial use in animals
- As a result, effectiveness of antimicrobials for use in animals and humans can be retained
- The WVA encourages each country to have an appropriate regulatory system for licensing or registration and control of veterinary drugs
- The Global Basic Principles of Antimicrobial Use include the following recommendations:
- Decisions regarding limitation or control of antimicrobial use should be based on risk:benefit analysis
- Antimicrobials that are important in human medicine should only be used in animals under veterinary care within a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship
- Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is an important element of responsible antimicrobial use. This includes testing of individual cases and also regional monitoring and reporting
- Effective alternatives to antimicrobials are needed and innovation in this area is encouraged.
WVA-related news posted on Tuesday November 15, 2016