EPRUMA’s 10th anniversary reception

March 9, 2016 Posted by marie-claire santarosalia

Stefen Henart has represented EMVD at the EPRUMA’s 10th anniversary reception.

EMVD is a member of EPRUMA (The European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals)

On their 10th anniversary, EPRUMA animal health operators launch new guidance document for the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals

 Members of the EPRUMA celebrate 10 years of collective action to ensure best practice in animal health. EPRUMA reinforces its commitment to work together with policy and decision makers and all parties concerned at European and national levels, to promote responsible use as part of a holistic approach to disease prevention and control, and to support animal health and welfare.

EPRUMA met representatives from European Commission DG SANTE, European Parliament, representatives from 8 EU Member States, and a wide range of stakeholders from animal health and the food supply chain. The event was hosted by MEP Julie Girling.

Ms. Girling acknowledged, ‘Responsible use, as promoted by EPRUMA, is based on a holistic approach of minimising disease, and it encompasses enhancing knowledge on disease prevention, animal health and welfare, and husbandry practices’. ‘EPRUMA’s work crystallises a firm commitment from key stakeholders, which I very much welcome, and hope may continue for at least another decade.’ she said.

EPRUMA also presented a new brochure: the Best-practice framework for the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals – Reaching for the next level’. The document combines both a holistic and a specific approach to facilitate optimisation of animal health at farm level. It gives guidance on indoor and free-range production, housing, biosecurity, etc. and it includes a decision tree on the use of veterinary antibiotics in food-producing animals.

EPRUMA Chairman Gwyn Jones emphasised, ‘Veterinary medicines, including antibiotics, need to be used responsibly to maintain their efficacy. All animal health stakeholders are committed to responsible use’. He concluded that antibiotics should be used ‘As little as possible, and as much as necessary’.