Foodborne Disease Surveillance

First Meeting of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR), 15-19 June 2009

Report of the First Meeting of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR), 15-19 June 2009

The first meeting of the World Health Organization Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (WHO-AGISAR), was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 15-19 June 2009.

The meeting was convened by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark.

The overall purpose of this meeting was to achieve a draft strategic framework for WHO activities on containment of food-related antimicrobial resistance.

The specific objectives included:

  • Review/update the WHO list of Critically Important Antimicrobials (CIA);
  • Provide to WHO expert advice on containment of food-related antimicrobial resistance, with a particular focus on CIAs and building on the WHO Global Patient Safety Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance;
  • Take note of existing integrated Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) surveillance programme in developed countries and in countries with limited resources; and
  • Draft a strategic framework for WHO activities on surveillance and containment of food-related antimicrobial resistance (building as much as possible on already existing WHO initiatives, e.g. WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN), WHO initiative to estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases).
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