Brussels, 17 November 2011 – EPRUMA welcomes the Communication from the Commission entitled “Action plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance” and its emphasis on Responsible Use.
Bio-security, good housing, good nutrition and herd health plans, coupled with appropriate vaccine use is all part of the Responsible Use approach, with diagnostics guiding the choice of antimicrobial.
EPRUMA has developed a comprehensive website – www.epruma.eu - where guidelines on Responsible Use are available in 10 languages. In order to move from the information-gathering phase to the communication phase, it is important that the Commission’s 5 year strategy supports communication with vets and farmers so that Responsible Use is reinforced as the norm in vets’ and farmers’ daily activities.
Communication with veterinary and agricultural students along with vets and farmers is vital. This can be achieved through presentations at colleges and through initiatives such as continuous professional development. EPRUMA partners look forward to the Commission launching a “Train The Trainers programme” to kick-start this initiative.
EPRUMA (www.epruma.eu) is deeply committed to and actively involved in advocating Responsible Use of all veterinary medicines including antibiotics and supports monitoring resistance and the collection of usage data.
“As little as possible, as much as necessary.”
Notes for editors:
EPRUMA is a multi-stakeholder platform linking best practice with animal health and public health. It aims to ensure best practice through responsible use of medicines in the prevention and control of animal diseases.
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