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Scientific, Human Health, Husbandry, and Socio-Economic Aspects of Antibacterial Resistance:

Time to Act


European Parliament, Room A3E-2, Brussels


Wednesday 28 June 2017

14.00 to 18.00 hours


Hosted by Members of the European Parliament

Adina-Ioana Vălean (Chair ENVI),

Pavel Poc (Vice-Chair ENVI) and

Fredrick Federley (ALDE Coordinator, ITRE)

and co-organized by the PA International Foundation



This conference focused on the implications of the rapidly growing threat of antibacterial resistance (ABR) and the measures needed to immediately halt the spread of ABR both in Europe and globally. Please click here to access the programme of the conference.


On 14 November 2016, the European Parliament Plenary asserted that antimicrobial, or rather antibacterial, resistance would become the world’s leading cause of death – killing up to 300 million people by 2050. UK Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies predicted that a return to a pre-antibiotics era will cause the death of 40% of the world population. Consequentially ABR has featured on the agendas of the G7 and G20, the world’s leading economies. In May 2017, they announced they were unprepared to deal with an ABR outbreak and announced new measures to monitor antibiotics use. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ABR is “an issue that will be of crucial importance for the entire human race”. She described the link between resistance among livestock and humans as “very obvious”. Unbeknownst to most, 75% of all antimicrobials in Europe are consumed in animal husbandry, and globally the use of antibiotics in husbandry is – despite all efforts to the contrary – expected to increase by 67% by 2030.


Government officials, academics, and industrialists from both the human and animal health industry will provide their views on the prevention of an ABR outbreak or a slower process that robs the world of effective antibiotics. The speakers will explore:

  • The measures taken by the EU and Member States and the potential future regulatory, tax, and surveillance mechanisms regarding the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry;
  • The novel approaches and tests of alternatives to antibiotics in husbandry conducted by the leading Chinese scientific academies to combat ABR;
  • The need for unified and shared definitions and standards to tackle ABR;
  • The industrial model surrounding the development of antibiotics and alternative therapies;
  • The role and responsibilities of doctors and veterinarians;
  • Why Zika and Ebola more firmly captured the world’s attention and action than ABR – leading to the requirement of the launch of a global ABR public information programme fully using social media.