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Antibiotics ban: FVE Political coordination group discusses many actions ongoing

On August 20th an FVE group on the Delegated Act Criteria to reserve antimicrobials for humans, chaired by FVE President, met remotely. Danny Holmes, FECAVA Vice President attended the meeting. The aim was to coordinate our actions towards the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), journalists and the general public to convince them to vote against the motion for resolution drafted by the European Parliament ENVI committee in the week of 13 September.

On 13 July, the ENVI Committee of the EU Parliament adopted (38 votes in favor, 18 against and 22 abstentions) a motion to oppose the EU Commission delegated act on the criteria for the designation of antibiotics to be reserved for the treatment of certain infections in humans (i.e., antibiotics to be banned in all animals).

The delegated act details criteria for the designation of antimicrobials to be reserved for humans based on the scientific advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), EFSA, OIE and WHO. FECAVA supports this science-based One Health Act.

Unfortunately, throughout the motion, the ENVI MEPs opposed the act, act against criterion N. 3 (non-essential for animal health). They also asked  for all the WHO Highest Priority Critical Important Antimicrobials (colistin, macrolides, fluoroquinolones and 3th and 4th gen cephalosporins) on the reserved list. They also advised re-opening Regulation 2019/6, which was recently adopted after many years and following a careful consensus, to allow exceptional use of individual animals with reserved antimicrobials.

Next steps:
All MEPs need to vote in the week of 13 September on the motion. The vote requires an absolute majority (353 out of 705). FECAVA, in order to secure use of AMs for companion animals, along with FVE and EPRUMA partners (animal health industry, feed industry, farmers, livestock producer associations) has continued our campaign to persuade MEPs to oppose the motion and adopt the delegated act in order to preserve the health and welfare of all the animals.

FECAVA supports joint FVE and EPRUMA effort, such as:
  • Set up the political coordination group;
  • Identification of key MEPs per political group/country;
  • Set up a listing of examples of diseases per species which might become untreatable;
  • Together with FECAVA social media cards were made;
  • Launch of the EPRUMA document ‘Myths and Facts’ (available next week);
  • Creation of an Open Letter to be signed by as many organisations as possible and to send to MEPs.
In the first week of September, FVE plans to organise a meeting for all members interested in this issue.

Key actions FECAVA needs you to undertake:
  • Please share and sign the following petitions:
- BPT petition in German HERE
- UPV petition in French HERE
- Polish veterinary chamber petition is also under preparation.
  • Contact your MEPs and ask them to vote AGAINST this dangerous motion by using the social media cards HERE available and all the relevant arguments;
  • Sign and share the new EPRUMA open letter as much as you can, within your organization, through the veterinary community and to all National parliamentarians.  
Any reservation should be done in a science-based ‘One Health’ approach.
Animals deserve treatment too.

Thanks for your support, FVE Secretariat (via FECAVA)

Support the campaign by adding a logo of your organization on the social media cards below and share them within your community.

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