The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) was recently invited by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to send a representative to the Codex Alimentarius Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, convened by the United Nations and the World Organization for Animal Health.
The meeting, which took placed last month in Busan, South Korea, was convened to revise the Code of Practice to Minimize and Contain Antimicrobial Resistance, a document which provides best practices for the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. The AVMA was invited to provide a voice for veterinary practitioners — including its 91,000 members.
The AVMA has been a strong advocate of policies that promote antimicrobial stewardship and that combat antimicrobial resistance. Last month, it released a joint statement with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) to outline strategies for preserving the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs. The AVMA also joined the United States Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge to fight antimicrobial resistance on a global scale.