Under the umbrella of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2022, the European Medicines Agency published last week its 12th report on the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC). The report covers data from 31 countries for 2021.

The report shows that sales of antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals in Europe fell considerably since 2011 underlining the commitment of the whole animal health sector to sustainable agriculture and responsible use of antimicrobials in the European Union. For the first time, the ESVAC report also reports on the Farm to Farm goal: reducing antimicrobial sales in agriculture and aquaculture by 50% in 2030. They conclude that one third of this overall reduction target has so far been met.

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and EASVO welcome the report and its results.  It shows the animal health sector is on the right way, also underlined by a decrease seen in the resistance of some zoonotic bacteria e.g. E. Coli.

The veterinary sector is committed and takes the leading role in tackling AMR.
AMR can only be managed through a One Health approach that works across human, animal and environmental health. The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) highlight their continuous commitment to spearhead the fight against antimicrobial resistance together.