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Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Fighting AMR on the field

Success against antimicrobial resistance can only be achieved when the public, veterinary and environmental health authorities put these global strategies into place at the national level.

For national animal health services, implementing the OIE’s intergovernmental standards involves:

  • the presence of adequate legislation on the use of antimicrobials
  • a veterinary profession which is well trained and supervised by law
  • the allocation of the necessary resources to strengthen Veterinary Services so that they can exercise the appropriate controls




Ensuring the circulation of antibiotics under appropriate legislation

Antibiotics are not a harmless product which should be freely available for sale and use. Their sale should be legally supervised and the distribution of counterfeit products severely suppressed

Fostering excellence in the veterinary profession

The veterinary profession, in both its public and private sectors, has a crucial role to play in confronting antimicrobial resistance, particularly in overseeing the prescription and delivery of antimicrobial products.
For this reason, the OIE has also developed guidelines on the Veterinary Education Core Curriculum, covering the basic essentials of a well-organised profession which is reliant on well-trained and properly supervised professionals.

Moreover, the OIE advocates an appropriate legislative framework to ensure professional ethics and good governance of Veterinary Services within the veterinary profession. With this in mind, the Organisation is developing intergovernmental standards and programmes related to the functioning and constitution of national and regional Statutory Veterinary Bodies, which have the necessary legal powers to oversee degrees, ethics, professional excellence and the exclusion of those whose conduct is inappropriate.

In the face of antimicrobial resistance, veterinarians are part of the solution.
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Capacity-building programmes for national Veterinary Services

International solidarity is crucial in helping developing and emerging countries to achieve the legislation, infrastructure and human and financial resources needed to implement and comply with the OIE standards.

As a result, the OIE provides continuing support to Veterinary Services; in particular, by means of the PVS Pathway (evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services).

Furthermore, the OIE has created a network of National Focal Points, appointed by their governments, to develop or update legislation related to the production, importation, distribution and use of veterinary products, and, among other things, to establish the monitoring of antibiotic consumption. These National Focal Points provide technical support to their OIE National Delegates. To date, three series of seminars have been organised in the five regions of the OIE and the fourth series is under way.