New ECDC report on AMR shows resistance remains high

Posted on 03.03.2017


The findings in the latest report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria from ECDC and EFSA underline the serious threat AMR poses to public and animal health. Infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to antimicrobials lead to about 25 000 deaths in the EU every year. The report also highlights that antimicrobial resistance levels in Europe continue to vary  by geographical region, with countries in Northern and Western Europe generally having lower resistance levels than those in Southern and Eastern Europe.

The ECDC this week also published the Proposals for EU guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in humans, which clearly highlights the role of diagnostics and infection prevention in this subject matter. MedTech Europe and many members also took an active part in providing feedback to this document.