Proposals for EU guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in humans
In the context of ongoing work against the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance and given the role of antimicrobial misuse and overuse in the emergence and spread of resistance, ECDC developed a proposal for EU guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human medicine, including generic principles of good practice on the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents in human medical practice in the EU.
These proposed guidelines underwent a public consultation process. The comments received during this process are available as a separate document: see publication data below.
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Public consultation: Proposals for draft EU guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human medicine
This document presents draft guidelines that will support the European Commission in its aim to produce a finalised EU guidelines document to work against the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microorganism (e.g., a bacterium, a virus) to resist the action of an antimicrobial agent. The major cause of antimicrobial resistance remains the use of antimicrobials in human medicine.Read more
European Antibiotic Awareness Day
European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC, which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics. Each year, EAAD is marked on 18 November.Read more
ECDC calls for continued action to address antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings
15 Nov 2018 - On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, ECDC publishes the results of two point-prevalence surveys of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in hospitals and in long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA.