Brussels (Belgium) ‒ Epruma welcomed the 9th edition of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, and took the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to promoting the responsible use of all veterinary medicines, including antibiotics.
On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, November 18th, Epruma reconfirmed its firm commitment to promoting the responsible use of veterinary medicines through the collaborative work of its 10 member organisations. Epruma is a multi-stakeholder platform linking best practice with animal health and public health.
Responsible use of veterinary medicines includes facilitating information exchange on best practices, developing best-practice framework documents, and supporting transparency on antibiotic use through surveillance and resistance monitoring. “Cooperation between EU institutions, national authorities and key stakeholders – working in both human and animal health – is critical to ensure the responsible use of all antibiotics from a truly One-Health approach, and to fight antimicrobial resistance,” according to Epruma.
“The latest EU report on the surveillance of veterinary antimicrobial consumption (ESVAC) shows a continued downwards trend of antibiotic sales for veterinary use. This is a clear indication of the veterinary sector’s sustained commitment to responsible use,” said Epruma’s Chairman, Rens van Dobbenburgh. “Epruma will work to further increase awareness and common understanding of the responsible use of veterinary medicines among all stakeholders, both in the EU and nationally, building on our collective work during the last 11 years,” he concluded.
In a short video Van Dobbenburgh outlines the Epruma platform’s contribution to fighting against antimicrobial resistance, and explains key elements from Epruma’s recent declaration on its 7 commitments to the responsible use of veterinary medicines.
The declaration crystallises 11 years of Epruma’s dedicated work in promoting best practices to maintain the efficacy of veterinary medicines, and both prevent and minimise adverse reactions. Through the declaration, Epruma partners marked their commitment to pursuing their common objectives.