The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Delegation of the EU to China on March 8, 2016 jointly held the 3rd China-EU Workshop on Prevention of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the veterinary and food sector in Beijing.

Internationally, there is close attention to the impact of antimicrobial application in animal farming on food safety and human health. Countries are increasingly concerned over AMR in the veterinary sector. Although antimicrobials play an irreplaceable role in animal farming, their long-term and extensive use, especially inappropriate use, may not only lead to failure in animal diseases control, but also damage public health.

Experts attending the workshop exchanged information on the legal framework, status quo and experience of AMR control in the veterinary sector in China and the EU, and discussed the role of international organizations in veterinary antimicrobials regulation. The Workshop enhanced mutual understanding, and consensus was reached on the issue of AMR in veterinary sector. The workshop also served as a platform for jointly dealing with the challenges posed by AMR in veterinary sector. About 70 experts on AMR participated in the Workshop, including experts from China, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and FAO.