UK's approach to AMR gets UN recognition

21 May 2019

Article: 53/2002

The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has awarded official designation to the UK International Reference Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

The centre brings together expertise to provide capacity development in investigating AMR from three Defra agencies with a strong international focus. These are the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

The centre supports low and middle income countries (LMICs) to improve laboratory and surveillance capacity that will monitor AMR and antimicrobial use, in addition to providing policy advice. The centre also provides field and technical support to countries in order to tackle AMR, using a one health approach, which targets agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, environment and human health.

Source: UK Government, 16 May 2019