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Antimicrobials
EC sets out guidance on prudent use of antimicrobials

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GUIDELINES for the prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine have been published by the European Commission (EC). The guidelines, which are not binding on member states, are intended to address the principles of prudent use and set out measures for member states to consider when developing and implementing national strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The guidelines, which were published on September 11, form part of the EC's overall strategy on AMR, as set out in its action plan launched in November 2011. The Commission says that the existence of the guidelines will not prevent it from putting forward legally binding requirements if needed. While aimed at member states, some provisions are addressed to specific parties, including industry, farmers, veterinarians, associations and academia.

Noting that antimicrobials are essential for the medical care and health of animals and …

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