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    The International FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring (InFARM) system
    Manual for implementation 2024
    2024
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    The International FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring (InFARM) system is an FAO flagship initiative, supporting countries in collecting, collating, analysing, visualizing, and effectively utilizing their AMR monitoring and surveillance data primarily from livestock, fisheries, and aquaculture, along with their associated food products. InFARM empowers countries to generate reliable evidence to measure the extent of AMR in animals and food, at local, regional, and global scales, filling critical gaps in AMR data within agrifood systems.This document introduces the InFARM system, provides the FAO's roadmap for implementation over the coming years, and serves as a guide for country officials, offering a step-by-step approach to support the implementation of InFARM. It provides specific steps and recommendations to guide national focal points in mobilizing country participation through the collection and sharing of available AMR data, along with information on the status of implementation of monitoring and surveillance activities.Through the InFARM system, FAO invites its Members to establish and strengthen operational national AMR surveillance systems.
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    The International FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring (InFARM) System and IT platform 2022
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    One of the key elements to strengthen country capacity for surveillance and monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and use (AMU) in food and agriculture is to provide a standardized approach to collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and sharing data. In recent years, various initiatives around the world have focused on and supported the generation of AMR surveillance data from the food and agriculture sector. However, data are often not analysed or used as a basis for decision-making. The main reasons for this are the lack of appropriate data management systems, a clear definition of roles and responsibilities in data reporting or the lack of trained experts able to carry out analysis and interpretation. Following the adoption of the FAO Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2021-2025 at the 166th Session of the FAO Council, the Organization committed to develop the building blocks that will stimulate national efforts to regularly generate and analyze reliable and comparable data on antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture and AMU data in crops and plants. To this end, FAO has started developing a prototype for the International FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring (InFARM) IT platform in early 2022. FAO will work with an initial group of countries that will participate in the development and testing of the prototype of this data platform during 2022. Countries will be involved in pilot testing with their data.
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    Monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from healthy food animals intended for consumption
    Regional antimicrobial resistance monitoring and surveillance guidelines - Volume 1
    2019
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    This Regional Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Monitoring and Surveillance Guidelines Volume 1 provides guidance in the development of AMR surveillance plan for food-borne bacteria, underscoring the key elements for harmonized AMR data generation, data collation and reporting of findings, while taking into consideration the standing context of the region. It aims to provide guidelines on the harmonized scheme for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and laboratory-based monitoring for AMR.

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