Leading the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): New Action Plan to be launched in 2017

[Brussels, 18 November 2016]

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety : «Since we became aware of the dangers of antibiotic resistance, the European Union led the way in the fight against this massive threat for humankind. Our actions at EU level have had a clear added value, as recognised by independent evaluators, and have provided a framework to guide and coordinate activities on Antimicrobial Resistance at European and international level. But more work is needed. To further cement the EU’s position as global leader in the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance the European Commission will launch, in 2017, a second Action Plan building upon and strengthening the work already done and supporting Member States in the implementation and monitoring of their National Action Plans.»

The latest annual surveillance results which are published on the EAAD show that in 2015, antibiotic resistance continued to increase for most bacteria and antibiotics under surveillance. Resistance to last line antibiotics that treat pneumoniae (carbapenem) increased from 6.2% in 2012 to 8.1% in 2015. Resistance to carbapenems and polymyxins (e.g. colistin), two groups of antibiotics considered as last treatment options for patients infected with bacteria resistant to other available antibiotics was also reported. While antibiotic consumption in hospitals significantly increased in several EU Member States, their consumption in the community decreased in six EU Member States.