NOVICE FVE, 1. JULIJ 2021
Spletni seminar EMA - FVE
23. 6. 2021 - Skupni spletni seminar o kategorizaciji antibiotikov za uporabo v veterinarski medicini v Evropski uniji in njegovih posledicah za zdravstvene delavce EMA je bil uspešen z več kot 300 udeleženci. To je bil drugi spletni seminar, ki sta ga skupaj organizirala EMA in FVE v okviru izvajanja uredbe o zdravilih za uporabo v veterinarski medicini . Dogodek je dal priložnost predstaviti kategorizacijo, njen vpliv na veterinarje in vpoglede z vidika zdravnikov. Predstavljena kategorizacija razvršča antibiotike glede na potrebo po njihovi uporabi pri živalih glede na tveganje protimikrobne odpornosti na javno zdravje.
Piotr Kwiecinski, predsednik UEVP, se je v svojem govoru osredotočil na splošni cilj FVE za zmanjšanje protimikrobne odpornosti in ne samo na uporabo antibiotikov; opozoril je na tri osnovna načela:
- veterinarji so strokovnjaki za zdravje živali
- čim manj jih uporabljajte - kolikor je potrebno
- FVE, ki spodbuja znanstveni pristop ENO ZDRAVJE.
Poudaril je tudi, da FVE nasprotuje prepovedi dovoljenih antibiotikov za živali, saj živali potrebujejo zdravljenje, kadar so bolni. Izpostavil je tudi potrebo po sodelovanju med zdravjem ljudi, zdravjem živali ter okoljskim in kmetijskim sektorjem, ki podpira zakonodajalce za sodelovanje s strokovnjaki in zainteresiranimi stranmi, da se zagotovijo praktične in uporabne rešitve.
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Covid-19 in food insecure countries: food safety guidelines
On 30 June the FAO-USAID-EU held a joint webinar on “Keeping workers safe along the food supply chain within the most acute food-insecure countries”. The webinar brought partners and experts from the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and FAO to discuss issues surrounding occupational health and safety risks along the food supply chain.
On behalf of FVE, Simon Doherty (chairman of the FVE food safety & sustainability group) took part in the panel discussion. The discussion highlighted how covid-19 in the food businesses is an occupational disease as the food workers and their health was affected turning into food supply chain disruptions.
S. Doherty pointed out that there were no demonstrated cases of people with COVID-19 contracted from food or food packaging: the transmission was always human to human. Plus, he highlighted how an effective team approach to contingency planning “can still make the difference when managing pandemics”.
From the occupational side, panelists agreed “there is the need for continual risk assessment for ensuring that new measures do not introduce different occupational risks and when communicating the risk, the information needs to be properly targeted (e.g., food workers)”.
Critical Important Antibiotics criteria: state of play
The EU Commission issued a delegated act setting out criteria for the designation of antimicrobials reserved for the treatment of certain infections in humans. The draft act is under discussion in the ENVI Committee of the EU Parliament. While most of the Member States gave positive feedback to the act, some MEPs are opposing it and preparing a motion for resolution to make the criteria stricter (like the one proposed by WHO - critically important antimicrobials).
FVE, through EPRUMA partners, sent a letter to all the ENVI MEPs asking them to reconsider their approach, take into account the science-based ‘One Health‘ arguments supporting the Commission’s criteria and vote in favour of the delegated act. The draft resolution will be tabled on 6 July, the vote will take place on 12-13 July in the ENVI committee.
If you have good contacts with MEPs of your country sitting in the ENVI committee, do not hesitate to talk to them and explain our arguments. FVE will keep following this issue very closely and in collaboration with the other animal health partners and the EU institutions.
3rd JIACRA report available - Antimicrobial consumption and resistance in bacteria from humans and animals
The third JIACRA report was released yesterday, presenting 2016-2018 data on use of antimicrobials and resistance data from both the animal and the human sectors. The report is a joint effort of EFSA, EMA, and ECDC. An important outcome is that the use of antibiotics has decreased significantly and is now lower in food-producing animals than in humans.
It also shows that the use of polymyxin (colistin) is increasingly used in hospitals to treat multidrug-resistant infections, while at the same time nearly halved in food-producing animals.
The results suggest that measures taken at the country level to reduce the use of antibiotics are proving to be effective. The agencies call for continued efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance at the national, EU and global level across the healthcare sectors.
Read more HERE - Infographics, ZLOŽENKA
FVE Medicines working group
The working group met remotely on 25 June. Most of the discussion focused on the Commission delegated act on criteria to reserve antibiotics for humans.
Another important issue was the state of play of the new veterinary medicines legislation in Germany: Andreas Palzer informed the group that the German association had many negotiations with the government but that in the end all important amendments had been accepted and resulted in a positive outcome for veterinarians.
The group finalized a reflection paper on fluoroquinolones and the EPRUMA briefing policy on responsible medicinal disposal. Both will be soon sent to the FVE Board.
MEP interest group on AMR
On 29 June, Rens van Dobbenburgh (FVE President), Despoina Iatridou and Simon Doherty attended the MEP Interest Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) annual meeting on ensuring responsible antimicrobial use in EU food production. This group is an AMR-dedicated group made by EU Parlamentarians.
Koen van Dyck (DG SANTE International Relations Unit), invited as a speaker, highligted that 'We must not just focus on one sector. Our objective is to fight resistance & we must always work together under the OneHealth approach (human, animal, environment) if we want to be truly successful in combatting AMR.'
EU Commission announces commitment to ban cages for farmed animals
The European Commission on 30 June committed to phase out cages in animal farming across the EU by 2027. The Commission announced it intends to “put forward a legislative proposal by the end of 2023 to phase out and finally prohibit the use of cages for all the animal species and categories referred to in the initiative”. It will also address the issue of imported products from non-EU countries, committing to look at “introducing rules or standards for imported products that are equivalent to the EU’s”.
By the end of next year, the Commission will evaluate the details of the legislative proposal that will be put forward in 2023, which will need to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to become law. It will focus on cages of poultry (on which FVE adopted its position paper in June), on farrowing cages for sows (FVE position for adoption on November GA agenda), sow stalls and individual calf stalls.
Animal welfare: top priority on the European agenda
On 26 June, the 9th meeting of the European Commission Animal Welfare Platform was held. It was attended by around 90 participants, including FVE. Two documents were endorsed by the platform, namely recommendations on the welfare of pullets and the conclusions on Animal Welfare Labelling.
FVE had submitted comments on both papers, which were well appreciated. Improving welfare during transport was another topic discussed at length. The Portuguese Presidency presented the results of a survey they did on long-distance transport, especially via sea vessels, while the European Commission notified that they are preparing an implementation act regarding the recording, storing and sharing of information and a delegated act on inspection of sea vessels. They hope to complete the work around the end of the year. Also on transport, the European Parliament just published its report and recommendations following the inquiry on the protection of animals during transport.
The European Commission has decided to extend the AW Platform until 2025. FVE renominated N. De Briyne as a representative for the veterinary profession. The new composition will be announced in July. Without a doubt, animal welfare has never been so high on the European agenda as today