The webinar on EMA’s categorization of antibiotics for veterinary use in the European Union and its implications for animal health professionals held on June 23, 2021 was a great success, with more than 300 participants. This was the second webinar jointly organized by EMA and FVE focusing on the subject of implementing the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation. The whole event focused on the categorization and its impact on veterinarians as well as the insights on practitioners’ perspectives. Participants were able to ask questions directly to a panel consisting of multi-stakeholders, who represented the views of animal health professionals, veterinary national authorities, CVMP Antimicrobials Working Party, Antimicrobial Advice Ad Hoc Expert Group, and EMA.
The categorization, published by EMA in January 2020, ranks antibiotics based on the need to use them in animals compared to the risk of antimicrobial resistance to public health. This approach is in line with the “One Health” premise, which promotes and encourages close cooperation between the human and veterinary medicine.
Piotr Kwiecinski, UEVP president’s speech focused on the overall FVE goal to reduce antimicrobial resistance, and not only antibiotic use, which is based on three principles:
• Veterinarians are experts in animal health
• Use as little as possible -as much as necessary
• FVE promoting a science-based One Health approach
Furthermore, he stated that FVE is against the ban of authorized antibiotics and pointed out the importance of a close collaboration between human health, animal health, environmental and agricultural sectors.
Presentations from this webinar can be found on the links below.