TFAMR: Report of the 5th Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
The taskforce discussed two documents – The CODEX Code of Practice to minimise and contain AMR and the surveillance program.
Neither document progressed past Step 3 and in both cases a working group was established, with IFIF a member. The working groups will start in January, with comments requested in February and June.
The importance of animal health and nutrition were generally well perceived
but not yet in the documents as part of the solution. In some discussions feed was seen as part of the problem.
It should be noted that CODEX is for human health. Nutrition / feeding strategy needs to be defined in another place – so collaboration with OIE is essential.
Summary of Outcomes – from the Australian Codex Contact Point
In relation to the proposed draft revision of the Code of Practice to minimise and contain AMR – the Task Force agreed that:
a) CX/AMR 17/5/5 should be the basis for the further development of the COP;
b) The introduction should be concise and provide relevant concepts: the recognition that AMR is a globally important complex issue; the importance to minimize and contain AMR along the entire food chain; the application of the One Heath approach; the relationship between the COP and the other two Codex texts on AMR; the importance of the shared responsibility of different actors; and cross-reference to OIE standards when relevant;
c) Redundancy and duplication should be eliminated and terminology used consistently; new or different terminology should be used only if it adds value;
d) Texts that should be read in conjunction with (implying the document cannot be stand-alone, but was dependent on the referred documents) the COP and to a lesser extent those that provide additional guidance should be listed; and
e) The scope should be based on the elements included in the project document8 and indicate what is covered by the COP, what it intends to accomplish and what lies outside its scope.
The Task Force agreed to establish an EWG, chaired by the United States of America and co-chaired by China, Chile, Kenya, United Kingdom, to further develop the revision of CXC 61 for circulation for comments and consideration at TFAMR6.
In relation to the proposed draft guidelines on integrated surveillance of AMR, the Task Force agreed to establish a EWG, chaired by the Netherlands and co-chaired by Chile, China and New Zealand, to further develop the guidelines based on the written comments submitted to TFAMR5 and the discussion in plenary for circulation for comments and consideration at TFAMR6.