National, regional and global experts and stakeholders in the fields of pharmacology, epidemiology, animal health and human health recently gathered for a three-day World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Global Conference on the Responsible & Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents for Animals to discuss the current situation on antimicrobial use worldwide and antimicrobial resistance.
The conference was organized in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization.
"OIE has already adopted numerous standards on the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials in animals and strongly encourages the governments of all its member countries to include these prudential standards in their veterinary legislation. Only a rational, worldwide approach involving all those working in animal health can have any chance of succeeding. Furthermore, the support of international partner organizations and the international community is crucial to achieve this objective, since localized action solely in some rich countries would be of little use in a globalized world where resistant bacteria can circulate everywhere," OIE director general Dr. Bernard Vallat said.
A consensus was reached on the need to stimulate cooperation and international solidarity with regard to ensuring supervision of the production, importation, marketing, distribution and use of antimicrobials, the OIE announcement said. Given that resistant bacteria know no borders and inadequate management by a single country can jeopardize all the others, conference participants advocated strengthening cooperation to help countries that are not yet in a position to apply OIE's prudential standards to put in place the necessary legislation, structures and human and financial resources.
They also recommended strengthening good governance practices regulating the production, importation, registration, marketing, distribution and use of quality veterinary medicinal products worldwide.
The conference brought together the representatives of more than 100 countries and the various sectors involved; officials of national and international authorities and representatives of national, regional and international non-governmental organizations and the private sector took part in the event.