Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group

Terms of reference, membership and work of the Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group

To assess the risks to humans from foodborne transmission of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms and provide advice to the FSA.

Terms of Reference

  • To brief ACMSF on developments in relation to antimicrobial resistance and the foodchain and identify evidence that will assist the group in assessing the risks.
  • To review key documents and identify the risks for the UK food chain and relevant aspects of the feed chain in relation to antimicrobial resistance which may have consequences for human health.
  • To comment on progress in understanding the issue of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms and the food chain since the ACMSF produced its report in 1999 and subsequent reviews in 2005 and 2007, including the relevance of any outstanding recommendations.
  • To highlight key research or surveillance gaps in relation to antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms and the food/feed chain and identify those which are considered a priority.

The group will report back to the main Committee meetings on its discussions and recommendations. This may be an oral update or may take the form of a written paper for more significant issues/discussions.


Professor David McDowell

Dr Gauri Godbole
Dr Rohini Manuel
Dr Dan Tucker
Mrs Ann Williams

Co-opted Members
Professor Stephen Forsythe
Professor Roberto La Ragione
Mr Chris Teale
Professor John Threlfall

Departmental representatives

Mr Stephen Wyllie (Defra)
Dr Cathleen Schulte (DH)

Fixed-term Task and Finish Group

In 2017, at the request of the Food Standards Agency Board, the existing membership of the Group was extended to form a fixed-term "task and finish" group with the following term of reference:

To identify research questions and potential approaches which would (i) decrease uncertainty about any linkage between use of antimicrobials in food production, the incidence of antimicrobial resistance in pathogens and commensals in food production, and the growing AMR-related public health burden, and (ii) allow us to model the impacts of changes in use of antimicrobials in food production.  Poultry, sheep, cattle and pigs will be covered in the scope.

Meetings of the AMR Working Group