Experts strengthened collaboration to improve antibiotic use in humans and animals, prevent infections and their spread, and strengthen the drug pipeline.
Canada · European Union · Norway · United States
TATFAR creates opportunities to address AMR with comprehensive, One Health solutions.
On March 7-8, a two-day Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) meeting was held in Atlanta. TATFAR members convened to strengthen collaboration against growing resistance to life-saving antimicrobial drugs. The meeting included government agency representatives from Canada, the European Union, Norway, and the United States, along with other leading experts on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The meeting covered topics including:
- maximizing partner engagement to motivate action on AMR;
- strategies to support local level action on AMR and government collaboration to implement National Action Plans;
- improving antibiotic use in human medicine; and
- current methodologies for measuring antimicrobial consumption of animals by species and the possibilities for alignment.
The second day opened with a plenary session devoted to strategies for improving the pipeline of new antimicrobial drugs, one of TATFAR’s three key areas. In the afternoon, attendees gathered for the breakout sessions to develop work plans for the second half of TATFAR’s current implementation period.
TATFAR was created in 2009 to address the urgent threat of AMR. Collaboration across government agencies enhances synergy and communication, leading to strengthened domestic and global efforts. These relationships gained through TATFAR will continue beyond the meeting, allowing technical experts to support global action and facilitate progress in addressing AMR.
Read two stories summarizing the meeting’s events—which included keynote speakers Xavier Prats-Monné, Director General for Health and Food Safety within the European Commission, and Anne Schuchat, Acting CDC Director—on the TATFAR website:
- AMR Experts Kick Off 2018 TATFAR Meeting
- Breaking Down the Silos: Addressing AMR with a United Front