Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

The WOAH Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance will:

1. Report to the WOAH Director General, who will transmit the report, or relevant parts of it, to the appropriate WOAH Specialist Commissions and the WOAH World Assembly of Delegates.

2. Maintain a global perspective and foresight on antimicrobial resistance regarding animal health and the interface with human health, food production and the environment.

3. Assist the WOAH Director General and WOAH Specialist Commissions to identify risks and risk management options associated with antimicrobial resistance through development and maintenance of WOAH International Standards (Terrestrial Animal Health CodeAquatic Animal Health CodeManual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals and Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals.

4. Identify and assist the WOAH Director General in the development of additional guidance related to antimicrobial resistance to assist the interpretation and implementation of WOAH International Standards.

5. Assist the WOAH Director General, as requested, in the implementation of other aspects of the WOAH Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Prudent use of Antimicrobials, in particular:

  • the maintenance of the WOAH collection of data intended for use of antimicrobial agents and its connection to the World Animal Health Information System and the Tripartite Integrated Surveillance System on AMR;
  • the maintenance and further refinement of the WOAH List of Antimicrobial Agents of Veterinary Importance and the follow up of its recommendations;
  • the development and implementation of capacity development activities in WOAH Member Countries related to antimicrobial resistance, including through the PVS Pathway, WOAH Focal Point training, and e-learning platforms;
  • the design and implementation of communication activities to raise awareness, improve understanding and create behavioural change;
  • the conceptualisation, prioritisation, implementation and interpretation of research on antimicrobial resistance and alternatives to antimicrobials and its impacts on animal health, animal welfare and veterinary public health;
  • the establishment of an information system on falsified and substandard drugs, and the development of work programme activities to manage associated risks;
  • the support of the WOAH and Member Countries in the development, implementation, interpretation and response to monitoring and evaluation activities.

6. Support the WOAH in its Tripartite activities following the Global Action Plan and its role within the future secretariat in relation to the global governance mechanism that is to be established.

7. Address specific issues referred to the Working Group by the WOAH Director General, which may include matters recommended by Specialist Commissions, Member Countries or the WOAH itself.

8. Support the activities of WOAH Collaborating Centres related to veterinary medicinal products and antimicrobial resistance and encourage the establishment and implementation of an effective network of expertise in support of the WOAH and its Member Countries.

9. Support and advise the WOAH in its interactions and collaborations with the broad network of animal and veterinary public health sector partners and stakeholders to achieve strong coordination on antimicrobial resistance within this community of interest.

Responsible: AMR-VP Department

Dr Tomoko Ishibashi (Chair)
Project Researcher
Laboratory of OSG Veterinary Science for Global Disease Management
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science
The University of Tokyo
1-1-1 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113-8657
[email protected]
 Dr Gérard Moulin
Directeur de Recherches, adjoint au Directeur de l’ANMV
WOAH Collaborating Centre for Veterinary Medicinal Products
Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire
Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail
14 rue Claude Bourgelat
Parc d’Activités de la Grande Marche
Javené CS 70611
35306 Fougères Cedex
[email protected] 
Dr Donald Prater
Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety
Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
[email protected] 
Prof. Moritz van Vuuren
Emeritus Professor in Microbiology
Vice-Chair: Ministerial Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance
Postnet Suite 64
Private Bag X10
Raslouw 0109
[email protected]  
Dr Fajur Sabah Al Saloom
Director, Animal Health
Animal Wealth Resources (N)
Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning
[email protected][email protected]
Dr Stephen Page
Director, Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics
PO Box 905
Newtown NSW 2042
[email protected].au
[email protected]
Ms Barbara Freischem
Head of Department
Surveillance and Regulatory Support
Veterinary Medicines Division
European Medicines Agency
Domenico Scarlattilaan 6
1083 HS Amsterdam
[email protected]
April 2022Report of the Working Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceReport_Apr_2022
October 2021Report of the Working Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceReport_Oct_2021
April 2021Report of the Working Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceReport_Apr_2021
October 2020Report of the Working Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceReport_Oct_2020
April 2020Report of the Working Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceReport_Apr_2020
October 2019Report of the Working Group on Antimicrobial ResistanceReport_Oct_2019

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