EPRUMA welcomes recommendations on reserving antimicrobials for human use only

The scientific advise is in line with the EU's One Health approach, they say
calendar icon 3 March 2022
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In a recent press release, the European Platform for the Responsible Using of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) said it welcomes the scientific advice of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) with recommendations for antimicrobials to be reserved for human use only. Following a scientific and thorough assessment that takes into account reports from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and EMA as well as categorisations put forward by Antimicrobial Advice Ad Hoc Expert Group (AMEG), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), as outlined in the advice, EPRUMA calls on the European Commission to propose an implementing act following this scientific approach.

In line with the EU’s One Health approach to addressing the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, EPRUMA believes that the approach taken for establishing this recommendation has been based on the prevailing situation regarding which antibiotics are critical for human health in the EU. We also recognise the efforts made to ensure that every antimicrobial on the list has been assessed individually using the three criteria provided for in the Commission Delegated Act published in May 2021.

"Significant effort has been made by the EMA to assess why specific antimicrobials were or were not on the list reserved for human use only, referencing the best scientific knowledge and insight available at this time," said the statement.

EPRUMA says it remains committed to promoting the responsible use of antibiotics and to fighting antimicrobial resistance through the One Health approach supported by the European Commission.

EPRUMA partners include:

AccessVetMed: European Group for Generic Veterinary Products
AnimalhealthEurope: The voice of the animal medicines industry
COPA-COGECA: European Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives
Diagnostics for Animals: Veterinary diagnostics association
FECAVA: Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations
FEFAC: European Feed Manufacturers Federation
FESASS: European Federation for Animal Health and Sanitary Security
FVE: Federation of Veterinarians of Europe

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