Food safety

Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

Guidance on Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria newly released

WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) has released an updated guidance in June 2017 on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria by taking a One Health approach.

Tackling the public health threat posed by antimicrobial resistance requires effective antimicrobial resistance surveillance programmes. The essential need for robust antimicrobial resistance surveillance systems is emphasized in the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.

Addressing antimicrobial resistance from the food chain requires multisectoral One Health approach. Similar to 2013 guidance, the present revised guidance provides the basic information that countries need in order to establish programmes of integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria by using a step-by-step approach.

Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistnace in foodborne bacteria is the collection, validation, analyses and reporting of relevant microbiological and epidemiological data on antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria from humans, animals, and food, and on relevant antimicrobial use in human and animals.