EC launches Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance
On 29 June 2017, the European Commission (EC) adopted a new Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – a growing threat that is responsible for 25,000 deaths and a loss of €1.5 billion in the EU every year. It adresses resistance in both humans and animals. The EC has also already adopted the first deliverable of the Action Plan, EU Guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health.
The Action Plan was presented by Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Mr. Moedas highlighted the role of research in this context, saying: "Antimicrobial Resistance already kills thousands and is a significant burden for the society and the economy. It's a threat that no country can tackle alone. We need a truly European research effort to save human lives, animals and the environment. That's why the One Health Action Plan is so important – it will mean better research coordination and collaboration between EU Member States, as well as public and private sectors across Europe and beyond".
The Action Plan foresees more than 75 actions built on three main pillars:
- Pillar 1: Making the EU a best-practice region
- Pillar 2: Boosting research, development and innovation
- Pillar 3: Shaping the global agenda.
Actions under the research, development and innovation pillar aim to boost research and further incentivise innovation, provide valuable input for science-based policies and legal measures to combat AMR and address knowledge gaps such as the role of AMR in the environment. Funding and partnership programmes will focus on improving knowledge on effective infection control and surveillance including new diagnostics, and developing new therapeutics and preventive vaccines. Actions within these priority areas will help to improve public health and deliver economic and societal benefits throughout Europe and beyond.
The new Action Plan is built on the first AMR Action Plan which ran from 2011 to 2016 and is based on an external evaluation and a public consultation of stakeholders.
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