Appropriate use of antimicrobials in human and animals

This work package has been tasked with collating and analysing current guidelines and tools for antibiotic stewardship at all levels of healthcare and animal health, to test a new approach to the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic consumption in humans, and to build a European network covering antimicrobial resistance surveillance in diseased animals.


  • To update and expand the information available on the ECDC website to include information on existing guidelines and implementation methodologies for antibiotic stewardship programmes at different levels of the healthcare system.
  • To identify successful guidelines and tools to find the gaps in controlling antimicrobial consumption and resistance in animals.
  • To organise a workshop with all the interested partners to look at barriers, opportunities and successful implementation strategies for antibiotic stewardship programmes in the animal and human sectors.
  • To report the level of acceptance of antibiotic stewardship strategies at different levels of healthcare.
  • To pilot a simple surveillance system of antibiotic consumption and resistance that includes improved benchmarking and feedback mechanisms providing data on a shorter timescale than present alternatives in human health and to establish a surveillance network for AMR in pathogenic bacteria of animal origin.

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