Establishing a short-term task on AMR
As part of the Agency’s new strategic approach to surveillance on AMR, the group at its November 2016 meeting briefly considered the FSA’s proposal to establish a short-term “task-and-finish” on AMR. Further details on this proposed new group were presented to the group for discussion. Members were asked to consider the draft terms of reference, proposed membership, timescale and structure of the meetings and expected output.
Draft 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.
Following discussion Members agreed with the FSA’s proposal that meetings of the group will focus on delivering the terms of reference.
Member noted the FSA’s expectation that the work of the group will result in the development/enhancement of a conceptual model incorporated within a report/paper of the group’s findings which will contain any recommendations. The report will be presented to the full ACMSF.