What is ECDC doing to keep antibiotics working?

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) contributes to keep antibiotics working by ensuring that Europe has a good overview of the situation on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption with a yearly update of its European surveillance data, and actively promotes and advocates prudent use of antibiotics.

Activities related to this topic at ECDC take place under the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated Infections programme. ECDC’s main areas of work include surveillance, epidemic intelligence, developing evidence-based guidance and systematic reviews, training, support to the EU Member States. ECDC also launched, and regularly updates, a directory of online resources for the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections to support EU Member States that need to develop national guidelines.

Since 2008, ECDC coordinates the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, a public health initiative which aims to provide a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics. Each year across Europe, EAAD is marked on 18 November.

ECDC also partners with numerous professional and patient organisations, the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, as well international campaigns in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan, to undertake a number of actions to address antimicrobial resistance.