Joint efforts strengthening network goals

In the fight against antimicrobial resistance there is an increasing need for global collaborative efforts for development and implementation of ideas unhindered by borders and socio-economic conditions.  In keeping up with this necessity, the ARCH network has established strong partnerships to create a series of recommendations on reporting antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance rates to drive antibiotic stewardship, the “Bridge the Gap: Survey to Treat” White paper series. We are very happy to introduce our collaborators:


A JPIAMR Virtual Research Institute (VRI), the Global Antimicrobial resistance Platform for ONE Burden Estimates, GAP-ONE, network aims to create a virtual research environment able to:

  • Involve all stakeholders into a Network that will provide an opportunity for participants from different disciplines to interconnect more fully and effectively.
  • Identify all the data elements required to build a reliable tool for estimating resource waste due to AMR worldwide, not only in human health but also integrating veterinary and environmental data, within a One Health approach.
  • Provide a framework to assess data quality.
  • Devise a strategy for sharing currently available information.

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Established under the IMI COMBACTE-MAGNET consortium of the New Drugs for Bad Bugs (ND4BB) programme, the epidemiology network (EPI-Net) is an unprecedented collaboration of experts in epidemiology and surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). EPI-Net engages representatives from major European Union financed projects and industry towards its objectives:

  • Optimize surveillance of a resistance and healthcare associated infections
  • Develop a consensus programme to contribute to the homogenization of the approach on current and future epidemiologic surveillance strategies in Europe
  • Inform Public Health Action
  • Support and guide R&D for new, effective antibiotics against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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A European Joint Action on AMR and Healthcare Associated Infections (EU-JAMRAI) initiative to check feasibility of setting up a European surveillance network of AMR in diseased animals (EARS-Vet). The specific objectives of the project include:

  • Assess existing surveillance systems of AMR in animal pathogens in member states (MS) of Europe
  • Identify the main gaps and appropriate strategies for AMR surveillance in diseased animals in Europe depending on MS specificities
  • Assess the opportunities to combine MS surveillance systems into a pilot EU network for the surveillance of AMR in clinical animal isolates
  • Identify laboratory and technical capacities in MS for potential establishment of a molecular based AMR national surveillance of relevant resistant pathogens
  • Provide global and specific recommendations to EU to build a European network covering AMR surveillance in diseased animals, including interface with AMR surveillance in human medicine (SURVEILLANCE MANUAL)

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