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Antimicrobials Guidelines

A unique initiative involving organisations representing every stage of the "farm to fork" process, RUMA aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines

As part of this process, RUMA has formulated comprehensive guidelines for the responsible use of antimicrobials in livestock production. These give advice on all aspects from application and responsibilities of the farmer and veterinary surgeon, to strategies for reduced usage.

The following summaries of the Farmer Responsibilities sections are available here.

Copies of the full guidelines are also available online to download:

RUMA Alliance member BVA (British Veterinary Association) has issued guidance on the responsible use of antimicrobials - a poster for display about the responsible use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice

RUMA action plan for implementing  the UK 5 year AMR strategy

RUMA fully supports the UK Government’s Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy launched on 10 September 2013 and has produced an action plan for the livestock sector (version 1, April 2014).

The first revised version from 2015 is published here (version 2, April 2015).

RUMA information note on antibiotics and the responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals

Written in Plain English, this information note aims to:

  1. Explain antibiotic resistance and why it matters to human and animal health

  2. Set out why and how antibiotics are used in UK farms

  3. Identify the risks to public health from use of antibiotics in farming

  4. Explain the responsible use of antibiotics in farming

  5. Identify the changes in legislative controls (for antibiotic use in veterinary medicines and feed additives) that RUMA believes are appropriate and proportionate to manage the limited risk of antibiotic use in farm animals leading to clinical treatment problems in humans.