Eurosurveillance reports on targets for the reduction of antibiotic use in humans

16 July 2019

Article: 53/2808

Eurosurveillance has produced a review of antimicrobial use reduction goals in human medicine, in countries which are members of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR).

On 31 March 2017, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) sent a questionnaire to national focal points for antimicrobial consumption and the national focal points for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 28 EU countries, Iceland and Norway. The same questionnaire was sent to the TATFAR implementers in Canada and the USA. Of the 30 countries who replied, nine countries indicated that they had established targets to reduce antimicrobial use in humans, while 21 countries replied that no target had been established. However, 17 of these 21 countries indicated that work is underway to establish targets in the context of developing a national action plan against AMR. 

Source: Eurosurveillance, 11 July 2019