Food safety

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

Members of the AGISAR expert group in Bogota, Colombia

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 are as follows:

  • Develop harmonized schemes for monitoring antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and enteric bacteria. This should include appropriate sampling.
  • Support WHO capacity-building activities in Member s States for antimicrobial resistance monitoring (AMR training modules for Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) training courses).
  • Support WHO capacity-building activities in Member countries for antimicrobial usage monitoring.
  • Provide expert advice to WHO on containment of antimicrobial resistance with a particular focus on Human Critically Important Antimicrobials.
  • Support and advise WHO on the selection of sentinel sites and the design of pilot projects for conducting integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Promote information sharing on AMR.