OIE General Session: Three New Steps in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

At the occasion of the 86th General Session of the OIE, the 181 OIE Member Countries discussed several revisions of OIE international Standards and guidelines resulting in a stronger veterinary supervision of the use of antimicrobials in animals worldwide. Definitions of veterinary medical (i.e. treatment, control and prevention) and non-veterinary medical use were adopted, as well as a definition of growth promotion use. Guidance for surveillance national systems was also on the agenda of OIE Delegates, as well as the revision of the OIE list of antimicrobial agents of veterinary importance with new recommendations regarding phasing out use for growth promotion. Click here for a complete update of the General Session activities. [Source: OIE Press Release, May 25, 2018]