As you know, the fight against antimicrobial resistance is a priority at European level. In a recent surveillance report on the consumption of veterinary antimicrobials, the figures obtained are encouraging. They underline the commitment of the entire animal health sector to the responsible use of antimicrobials in the European Union.

Furthermore, the European situation regarding transmissible spongiform encephalopathies remains similar to previous years, according to another European Commission report on the subject. The African swine fever epidemic in Europe, on the other hand, is not decreasing, and new outbreaks have been recorded in Europe. Our profession must therefore persevere in the fight against the spread of diseases and continue its mobilisation.

In order to better address these challenges, the European Commission has published several draft secondary legislation this month (pending adoption) aiming at specifying the conditions for the implementation of vaccinations (including preventive) for certain categories of diseases, the requirements for pre-clinical studies for veterinary medicinal products, as well as on the maritime transport of animals.

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