Update on the activities of DARC
The group was updated on the key points from the 17 February 2015 meeting of DARC. Members were informed that PHE and the Department of Health presented a paper on their activities in relation AMR. This include devoting addition resources to genomics with the aim of PHE establishing a validated accredited service to ISO standard in order to use Whole Genome sequencing to support clinical and public health investigations and interventions and from April 2015 PHE would be carrying out enhanced surveillance of Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae.
From October 2014, Red Tractor Assurance Scheme had introduced criteria for farmers/producers to show evidence of antimicrobial usage.
The European Commission is drafting new legislation on Veterinary Medicines (medicated feeds) which will include guidelines for risk assessment on the prescribing of medicated feeds to food-producing animals.