Policy paper, Position statement

Use of antimicrobials as growth promoters: WOAH urges Veterinary Authorities and the animal industry to live up to their commitments


World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing concern. In recent years, the international community has made important commitments to address this global health threat. One of these is to phase out the use of antimicrobials to promote growth in healthy animals. It is time to move from commitment to action.

WOAH calls on its Members to restrict the use of antimicrobials solely to veterinary medical use and to actively engage in dialogue with the concerned parties to achieve a total ban on the use of antimicrobials as growth promoters, starting with those that are critically important for human health.