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RUMA appoints new Chairman

Gwyn JonesRUMA is delighted to announce the appointment of Gwyn Jones as the Alliance’s new Chairman.

Gwyn Jones is a dairy farmer from Sussex and a strong advocate of the responsible use of medicines on farm. He was previously Vice President of the National Farmers’ Union and is currently Chairman of EPRUMA, the European Union equivalent of RUMA.

Mr Jones said ‘RUMA is an exciting farm to fork organisation and its clear and honest policies mean that it punches well above its weight in terms of profile and influence on an increasingly international stage. I am honoured to be asked by the Alliance to take the Chairman’s role and help steer its activities during this next challenging period’.

‘Responsible use of antibiotics has been recognised widely as a key element to protecting the continued efficacy of these important medicines for both animals and humans. RUMA has a vital role to play in helping farmers and vets continue to use medicines responsibly.’


  1. RUMA is an alliance of 23 organisations representing every stage of the “farm to fork” process which aims to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of medicines on farm. A full list of RUMA members is at paragraph 4 below. For further information contact RUMA Secretary General John FitzGerald (
  2. Gwyn Jones is a Nuffield Scholar and runs a 350 cow dairy farm in West Sussex, with a 1.5 Megawatt Anaerobic Digester integrated in the farm business. He has a long history as an active member of the NFU holding National Office for several years.
  3. Chairman of EPRUMA, an active member of FAWC (3rd term), Vice Chairman of the COPA Animal Health and Welfare Working Group, member of the BVA Welfare and Ethics Group, Gwyn is also a member of the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine’s External Liaison and Advisory Committee.
  4. RUMA’s members are:
    • Agricultural Industries Confederation
    • Animal Health Distributors Association
    • Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority
    • BPEX and EBLEX
    • British Egg Industry Council
    • British Poultry Council
    • British Retail Consortium
    • British Veterinary Association
    • City and Guilds
    • DairyCo
    • Dairy UK
    • Game Farmers’ Association
    • LEAF
    • National Beef Association
    • National Farmers’ Union
    • National Office of Animal Health
    • National Pig Association
    • National Sheep Association
    • NFU Scotland
    • Red Tractor Assurance
    • Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers
    • RSPCA
    • Royal Pharmaceutical Society


    • Food Standards Agency
    • Veterinary Medicines Directorate

EPRUMA met the European Commissioner

An EPRUMA delegation led by Gwyn Jones, EPRUMA Chairman, met the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, on 16 September.
EPRUMA requested the Commission to make the Responsible Use of veterinary medicines a key component of the EU’s antibiotic strategy.

For more information see here

5 year UK antimicrobial resistance strategy

Defra, BVA, RCVS, NFU, NOAH and RUMA take the issue of antimicrobial resistance very seriously and are committed to working closely together, and with all areas of the animal health sector, to address the grave threat that this represents, both to public and to animal health.

Veterinary, farming and pharmaceutical bodies all recognise and support the need for united action, and welcome the publication of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.

Antimicrobial resistance, and predominantly antibiotic resistance, can only be addressed by a strong and integrated ‘One Health’ approach – with both human and animal health sectors working together, as reflected in the key aims and ‘call to action’ outlined in the Strategy.

It is clear that the best way to minimise disease is, wherever possible, to prevent it developing in the first place – and when we do use antibiotics we must all do so responsibly; using the right medicine, at the right dose and at the right time. There are already clear guidelines in place for vets and farmers, and we will continue to promote and reinforce these key messages – and to provide vets, farmers, and pet owners with the information and tools they need to make the right decisions.

At the same time the very complex nature of the factors that cause and spread resistance have to be recognised and understood. Development of the evidence base – through research, and through strengthening our systems for monitoring antibiotic use and trends in resistance, will help us all to understand the most effective ways to address this issue.

We all have our part to play in combating antibiotic resistance, and the new 5 year Strategy clearly shows the path we all need to take together to protect ourselves and our animal population.

Click here for the joint statement
Click here to see the strategy

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