The 3rd international conference on Responsible Use of antibiotics in animals will be held in Amsterdam from 29 September to 1 October 2014. It is aimed at the animal health industry and the medical community, users of antibiotics in animals - such as veterinarians, producers, and nutritionists - and other food-chain stakeholders, as well as regulators, policy makers, researchers, educators, and consumer organisations.
13 February 2012 - APRUMA, the Alberta Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals, has launched a 'Best-practice framework for the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in Alberta' (Canada). APRUMA is a joint initiative of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) and Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC).
The APRUMA initiative was inspired by EPRUMA, the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals, and their framework document is based on the original EPRUMA document. It has been adapted to reflect the reality of food animal production in the Province of Alberta in Canada.
EPRUMA partners are delighted to see that the initiative is having a positive impact both in Europe and beyond. The EPRUMA 'Best-practice framework for the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in the EU' is now available in ten languages (French, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Romanian, Turkish) and further versions are being prepared. Furthermore, several countries are developing multi-stakeholder platforms to promote the responsible use of veterinary medicines, such as as AMCRA in Belgium, RUMA in the United Kingdom and, Vet+I in Spain.
See further details on www.apruma.ca.
20 May 2014: EPRUMA is happy to welcome AMCRA and VETRESPONSABLE, the Belgian and Spanish stakeholder platforms for the Responsible Use of veterinary medicines, as associate members. Having AMCRA and VETRESPONSABLE on board means a strengthened representation for EPRUMA.
3 July 2014: Representatives from the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products presented the 5th national report on veterinary surveillance of antibacterial consumption (BelVetSac) to a wide range of animal health stakeholders in Brussels today. For the second consecutive year, the report indicates a clear reduction in antibiotic use in veterinary medicine in Belgium.
EPRUMA partners presented their initiative to promote the Responsible Use of veterinary medicines to the European Commission DG SANCO's Animal Health Advisory Committee, which is part of the Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health on 17th June 2011.
Declan O'Brien, on behalf of EPRUMA partners, explained that the motivation behind launching EPRUMA is to build stakeholder agreement on what constitutes Responsible Use of veterinary medicines. He emphasised that EPRUMA embodies good alignment and collaboration across European stakeholders on animal health. He stated that the goal of EPRUMA is to maintain the long-term efficacy of veterinary medicines.
The EPRUMA partnership considers that Responsible Use complements both policy and legislation in terms of striving to maintain the efficacy of antimicrobials. EPRUMA seeks to ensure that veterinary medicines, including antibiotics, are used according to the licencing conditions and advocates a holistic approach to disease prevention and control.
The presentation referred to the communications activities of EPRUMA and called for institutional support to communicate “Responsible Use” and make a real difference on the ground.
Brussels, 24 February 2016 – EPRUMA is happy to announce the appointment of FVE-Vice President Rens van Dobbenburgh as new Chairman. Mr van Dobbenburgh also chairs the FVE/UEVP Medicines Working Group. He will lead EPRUMA for a 3-year period, succeeding Gwyn Jones (Copa-Cogeca/NFU).
20 September 2013: An EPRUMA delegation led by Gwyn Jones, Chairman, met the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, on 16 September. EPRUMA requested the Commission to make the Responsible Use of veterinary medicines a key component of the EU’s antibiotic strategy.
Veterinarians, farmers and the entire food chain are committed to the Responsible Use of veterinary medicines. This includes raising awareness and promoting training initiatives on the use of best- practice guidelines to make a difference on the ground. Nevertheless, Gwyn Jones stressed the need for the Commission to support EPRUMA’s activities and to ensure that the Responsible Use concept is promoted in the entire European Union.
An EPRUMA delegation presented their initiative on responsible use of veterinary medicines during the Congress of European Farmers entitled "The Common Agricultural Policy post-2013: a fair and stable income for farmers", which was held in Brussels on 4-6 October 2010.
EPRUMA, the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals, will participate in the EU veterinary conference entitled, “Identification and traceability along the food chain”, which will be held in Brussels on 14-15th June 2010.
EPRUMA participated in the 'International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Animals', held in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, on 14-16 November 2011. The conference gathered more than 200 delegates from a wide range of stakeholders from 23 countries.
At the event veterinarians, farmers, regulators, authorities, academics and industry exchanged views on the future path regarding the responsible use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine. The conference conclusions included the following points:
The conference encouraged all EU Member States to emulate the RUMA initiative (UK) by establishing national Responsible Use partnerships and by producing detailed species specific guidelines for use by veterinarians and farmers. Such an initiative could be based on the EPRUMA framework document.
See further details on the conference website.
On European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2016) EPRUMA's Chairman, Rens van Dobbenburgh, pledges to
EPRUMA declaration on 'Our 7 commitments to the responsible use of veterinary medicines': signed in Brussels
A fact sheet explaining the Responsible Use of medicines in animals, as well as EPRUMA's role and objectives.