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.
On 27th September 2010 a delegation of EPRUMA partners presented their initiative to promote Responsible Use of veterinary medicines to the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli. EPRUMA representatives stressed that veterinary medicines are an invaluable resource to be used wisely in order to preserve their efficiency for the benefit of both animals and people.
Chief Veterinary Officers of EU Member States welcomed EPRUMA as a partnership of stakeholders from both the health and agriculture sectors and acknowledged its contribution to the antimicrobials debate during their annual meeting in Antwerp on 29th September 2010.
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 has launched a video featuring a farmer explaining how he ensures that veterinary medicines are responsibly used at the farm. See the video by clicking on the image below or by visiting EPRUMA's Youtube channel.
The World Veterinary Year 2011 was opened in Versailles on 24 January 2011 to mark the foundation of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France, in 1671. The World Veterinary Year comprises a series of events that will be held both in Europe and across the world, such as the world conference on veterinary education (Lyon, France, 13-15 May 2011), the EU veterinary week (16-20 May 2011), and the world veterinary congress (Cape Town, South Africa, 10-14 October 2011). During 2011, national veterinary institutions will also organise local events to raise public awareness about the importance of their profession and as a reminder that veterinarians have been serving humankind for 250 years.
EPRUMA is pleased to announce the launch of the Turkish version of its booklet, entitled "Best-practice framework for the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in the EU". VISAD, the association representing the animal health industry in Turkey, has led the production of the booklet and is actively promoting it at national level. The document is now available in 10 languages: Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Turkish and Spanish.
The European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) commented on the Heads of of Medicines Agencies' (veterinary) action plan on antimicrobials issues in May 2011. In their joint response, EPRUMA partners welcome the HMA-V action plan. They acknowledge the need for new antimicrobials and agree the issue is complex requiring a multi-faceted approach and a broad stakeholder involvement. They emphasise that biosecurity, good housing, proper nutrition, herd health plans along with vaccination will help to avoid disease and are part of Responsible Use as defined by EPRUMA. "The assistance fo the HMA-v in promoting these concepts at veterinary and farmer level would be much more effective in ensuring Responsible Use than removing the right of the vet to prescribe and dispense", says EPRUMA.
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.
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) organises a conference entitled 'Antimicrobials: a true One-Health issue', which will be held in Brussels on 18 November 2011. The programme will look into challenges and opportunities in the medical and veterinary field. The purpose of the event is to exchange information on the ways antimicrobials affect the health of people and animals and to propose actions to assure their efficacy and availability The event is supported by the European Commission and the Polish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
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.