Food safety

Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance

Guidance from a WHO Advisory Group


Publication details

Number of pages: 93
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150631 1



The WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) was established in December 2008 to support WHO's effort to minimize the public health impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) 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.

During its first meeting in June 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Group acknowledged the existence of differences in proficiency in programmes monitoring antimicrobial resistance in foodborne and zoonotic bacteria, and developed a five-year strategic framework to address this.

The present guidance document is an important output of the five-year strategy. It has been developed through a four-year consultative process including teleconferences and face-to-face meetings. The guidance was finalized during the fourth annual meeting of the WHO AGISAR in Aix-en-Provence, France, on 24-25 June 2012. It is intended to provide WHO Member States with key information on designing a programme for integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.

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