The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to accept registration for a joint public meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on plans to collect data on antibiotic use in food-producing animals. The meeting will be held on September 30, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at The USDA Jefferson Auditorium (South Building), 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250.
Registration for public comment has been extended from Sep. 18-Sep. 23, 2015.
Gathering information on the way medically important antibiotics are used is essential to measuring the impact of the FDA’s judicious use strategy as outlined in Guidance for Industry #213. On-farm use data collection is consistent with objectives outlined in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria to enhance monitoring of antimicrobial-resistance patterns, as well as antimicrobial sales, usage, and management practices, at multiple points in the production chain for food-producing animals and retail meat.
This data collection plan is intended to provide the data needed to 1) assess the rate of adoption of changes outlined in the FDA’s Guidance for Industry #213, 2) help gauge the success of antibiotic stewardship efforts and guide their continued evolution and optimization, and 3) assess associations between antimicrobial use practices and resistance trends over time.
A final agenda and other details about the meeting are available at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferencesMeetings/ucm456380.htm.