NOAH paper aims to give clarity to critically important antibiotics debate

NOAH has prepared a briefing document for veterinary surgeons to help clarify what antibiotic classes should be considered as critically important antibiotics – those classified as such by scientific assessment by the European Medicines Agency.

The responsible use of antibiotics termed critically important is an important strand in the UK policy to fight antibiotic resistance development.

However there is much confusion about which antibiotics should be considered within this group, with different organisations referring to different classes.

Donal Murphy, Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs at NOAH says: “NOAH believes the classification and use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine should be driven and guided by the regulators, who are independent and make science based decisions and recommendations.

“Of course, all classes of antibiotics, whether critically important or not, should be used responsibly and guided by the principle outlined by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) who state they should be used ‘as little as possible but as much as necessary’. The use of these important products in this manner can ensure that the availability and efficacy of antibiotics can be maintained to ensure animal health and welfare in the future,” he adds.

Notes for Editors

  1. For further information contact Donal Murphy or Alison Glennon at NOAH, tel. +44 (0)20 8367 3131, or visit the NOAH website.

  2. NOAH represents the UK animal medicines industry. Its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.

  3. NOAH has produced other briefing documents on antibiotics, available here: