European Union Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Fostering synergies among the EU Member States by developing and implementing effective One Health policies to fight the rising threat of AMR and to reduce HCAI.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands is the leader of Work Package 5 (WP5), in collaboration with RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate (IGJ). WP5 involves the implementation of One Health national strategies and national action plans for AMR. The goal is to support Member States in the implementation of the provisions laid down in the EU “Council Conclusions on the next steps under a One Health approach to combat antimicrobial resistance” by fostering collaboration between EU Member States, the European Commission and relevant international institutions.

In 2018 and 2019, the 13 participating countries visited each other, exchanging tips and improvements on the approach to antimicrobial resistance. During these multi-day visits, both the humane and veterinary approach to antimicrobial resistance were discussed. Country visits function as an opportunity to exchange best practices and provide an outsider’s point of view.  

They set up a country-to-country peer review system.  This infographic presents the most relevant topics to address for each country.

Contact at RIVM is Pita Spruijt.