Food safety

WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR)

WHO AGISAR was established in December 2008 to support WHO's effort to minimize the public health impact of antimicrobial resistance associated with the use of antimicrobials in food animals. The Group comprises over 30 internationally renowned experts in a broad range of disciplines relevant to antimicrobial resistance, appointed following a web-published call for advisers and a transparent selection process.

The terms of reference of WHO AGISAR in 2014-2019 are as follows:

  • Support WHO activities on containment of AMR from the food chain
  • Support WHO capacity building activities related to integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (development /review of AMR training modules for Global Foodborne Infections Network training courses and technical support to WHO Member states to set up national programs on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance) and on collection of antimicrobial usage data
  • Develop, revise and update the WHO list of Critically Important Antimicrobials for human medicine
  • Support WHO in the implementation of FAO/OIE/WHO tripartite and activities of Codex Alimentarius on AMR
  • Support and advise WHO on the selection of sentinel sites and on the design of pilot projects to conduct integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial usage

Upcoming Event: 6th Annual Meeting of the AGISAR

6th Annual Meeting of the AGISAR is scheduled to take place on 10-12 June 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The main objectives of the meeting are to develop a five-year strategic plan following the planned adoption of the WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015, and to review progress and lessons learnt from the AGISAR pilot projects.