What is RUMA?
RUMA was established in November 1997 to promote the highest standards of food safety, animal health and animal welfare in the British livestock industry. Please see the Articles of Association June 2012.
It is a unique, independent non-profit group involving organisations that represent all stages of the food chain from ‘farm to fork’. This reflects the importance of traceability, transparency and accountability at all stages in the chain: from primary food production, through processing, manufacturing and retailing to the final consumer. Its membership includes organisations representing interests in agriculture, veterinary practice, animal medicines industry, farm assurance, training, retailers, consumers and animal welfare interests.
RUMA aims to produce a co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in animal medicine use. It has an established communications network with government departments and many non-governmental organisations.
What are RUMA’s aims?
RUMA provides leadership on the responsible use of medicines in farm animals including antibiotics. Its work supports the development of a UK livestock industry which is innovative and proactive in its efforts to drive the responsible use of medicines to ensure good animal health and associated welfare. It works to secure confidence amongst stakeholders including government and the public that the industry is fully engaged on issues of responsible use and is ‘doing things right’.
RUMA provides best practice advice and specific commentary on the use of animal medicines to farmers and veterinary surgeons by publishing and promoting free guidelines through its website ruma.org.uk. RUMA endorsed guidelines reflect the best practice within each sector giving information on good farm management and health planning which contribute to the responsible use of medicines. RUMA does not support the use of medicines as a substitute for good farm management and animal husbandry such as the preventative use of antibiotics.
RUMA supports vets, farmers and supply chains by promoting:
- Prevention of disease and illness – based on adoption of sound biosecurity, provision of good feed and water, vaccination programmes, pen-side diagnostics and proactive, meaningful health planning
- Responsible use of antimicrobials in treatment of bacterial infections – based on updated RUMA guidelines, including guidance on highest priority antibiotics where this is necessary
- Improved stewardship of medicines – particularly antibiotics, by working to achieve species specific goals which also meet government targets and societal expectations
- Monitoring and reporting – the comprehensive collection and publication of antibiotic usage data as well as surveillance and monitoring regimes
- Creating a positive environment for progress – ensuring stakeholders understand what the industry is achieving and addressing challenges
How does RUMA achieve its aims?
RUMA has two key strategic objectives, under which it coordinates a series of activities: –
Strategic Objective 1: Champion the responsible use of animal medicines in UK livestock
Strategic Objective 2: Maintain a specific focus on AMR and the responsible use of antibiotics in UK livestock coordinating activities which contribute to the UK 5 Year AMR Strategy