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Responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials

Use of antimicrobial agents in aquatic animals

Responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial agents in aquatic animals is important to ensure public health, food safety, aquatic animal health and production, and biodiversity and environment protection.

The OIE has developed international Standards in the Aquatic Animal Health Code on the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial agents in aquatic animals, and on monitoring programmes for antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

These standards are available here:


The OIE has also published a ‘List of antimicrobial agents of veterinary importance’ that has been adopted by the World Assembly.

 

Global database on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals

In the framework of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, the OIE, supported by FAO and WHO within the Tripartite collaboration, has taken the lead to build a global database on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals.

The OIE publishes an annual report on the use of antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals following the annual round of data collection sent to its Members. These reports include quantitative data reported by Members on antimicrobial agents used in aquatic food-producing animals.  Read here the last report.

'We need you' communication campaign

Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in aquatic animals increase resistance risk, endangering both animal and human health and welfare. The OIE has developed a communication campaign to explain the actions that the different actors from the animal health sector can take to use antimicrobials prudently and responsible and implement the OIE international Standards. Discover the tools to unlock key messages: the aquatic animal sector has also an important role to play in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Access here to the OIE portal on antimicrobial resistance

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