Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens
Director / Head:
Prof Frank M. Aarestrup
Division of Microbiology and Risk Assessment, National Food Institute
Technical University of Denmark
(45)- 35 88 60 00
(45)- 35 88 63 41
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Actively participate as steering committee- and laboratory sub-committee- member in the WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) and chairing the sub-committee on capasity building and surveillance on antimicrobial resistance in the WHO Advisory group on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AGISAR).
- Provide support to international and national / regional laboratories primarily participating in the WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) and WHO Advisory group on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AGISAR) in bacteria of human, food and food of animal origin. The support includes: 1) Administration, development and maintenance of the quality control and proficiency testing programs (WHO External Quality Assurance System (EQAS)) for international and national / regional laboratories in the area of antimicrobial susceptibility testing, isolation, identification (serotyping) and molecular typing in foodborne / enteric pathogens and commensals. 2) Assistance in optimizing sampling strategies and strategies for data collections, data management, and data analysis. 3) Reference services for isolation, identification, characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of foodborne and enteric pathogens and commensals. 4) Regular assisting publication of comprehensive analyses of data obtained.
- Conduct relevant research in collaboration with WHO concerning the epidemiology, prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance in food animals and food of animal origin.
- Organize scientific meetings, educational activities (training courses) and individual and group training with regard to antimicrobial susceptibility testing, isolation, identification (serotyping) and molecular typing in foodborne / enteric pathogens and commensals in close collaboration with WHO.
- Contribute to the development of technical cooperation with and among developing countries by providing them with information services (guidelines, expert rules), protocols, and advice. In addition, by stimulating and supporting applied research and training for surveillance, prevention and control of antimicrobial resistant foodborne / enteric pathogens and commensals.
- Contribute to the development of strategies for the collection of data on antimicrobials usage and prudent use of antimicrobials in agriculture and aquaculture.
- Administration and development of the WHO Country Data Bank to an international portal for collection, storage, presentation, linkage to external information, and dissemination of data on antimicrobial resistance and frequencies of foodborne / enteric pathogens (species / types).
- Maintain the collaboration with other WHO CC's and liaise with the European Union Reference Laboratory on chemistry at the Division of Chemistry, National Food Institute
- Food safety
Types of activity:
- Collection; collation and dissemination of information
- Provision of reference substances and other services
Ower: 9.2 - Norms, including references, requirements, research priorities, guidelines, training manuals and standards, produced and disseminated to Member States in order to increase their capacity to assess and respond to all forms of malnutrition, and zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases, and to promote healthy dietary practices.
Ower: 9.5 - Systems for surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases strengthened; food-hazard monitoring and evaluation programmes established and integrated into existing national surveillance systems, and results disseminated to all key players.
Ower: 9.6 - Capacity built and support provided to Member States, including their participation in international standard-setting in order to increase their ability to assess risk in the areas of zoonotic and non-zoonotic foodborne diseases and food safety, and to develop and implement national food-control systems, with links to international emergency systems.
CAWTHORNE Amy Louise
+41 22 79 11963
You can also contact:
- CAWTHORNE Amy Louise
COUTINHO REHSE Ana Paula
+45 45 33 67 10
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