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Successful Campaign Prevents Changes to EU Delegated Act for Antimicrobials

EU Delegated Acton on Criteria to Reserve Antimicrobials for Humans Only
27-September-21
Successful Campaign Prevents Changes to EU Delegated Act for Antimicrobials

EU Delegated Act on Criteria to Reserve Antimicrobials for Humans Only.

Following a strategic campaign, which ITBA played its part, a motion was successfully rejected to reserve antimicrobials for humans only.

Over the summer months much worked was done behind the scenes on behalf of all European thoroughbred breeders at EU level work in respect of a delegated act on the criteria to reserve antimicrobials for humans only.

The delegated act is based on the scientific advice of the European Medicines Agency, made by human and animal health experts, with input of WHO, OIE and ECDC. It was a balanced ‘One Health’ act. However, some parties in the European Parliament wanted to go further and put on the list all antimicrobials critically important for humans, without looking at their needs in animals. This would have led to many antimicrobials currently authorized in animals being banned for use in animals.

To counteract this proposal, many EU equine representative bodies, including EFTBA and ITBA signed an open letter, which called on Members of the European Parliament to vote against the Motion for a Resolution tabled which suggested putting all WHO Highest Priority Critical Important Antimicrobials on the reserved list for humans i.o.w. to have them banned for use in animals (colistin, macrolides, fluoroquinolones and 3rd and 4th gen cephalosporins). This would have effectively meant that these antimicrobials would be banned for use in all animals, including horses, making some horse bacterial diseases untreatable.

After a successful lobbying campaign, we are pleased and relieved to inform you that the motion of resolution against the EU Commission delegated act presented in the European Parliament plenary session was rejected by a great majority. Therefore, the draft delegated act working on scientific and sensible criteria to reserve antimicrobial for humans is maintained.

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