Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens and Genomics
Director / Head:
Prof Frank M. Aarestrup
Dr Rene Hendriksen
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 sub-committee- member as well as working group leaders in the WHO Global Foodborne Infections Net work (GFN) and the WHO Advisory group on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AGISAR). Maintain the collaboration with other WHO CC's, European Commission, European Food Safety Authority, European Centre for Disease Control, and liaise with the European Union Reference Laboratory on chemistry at the Division of Chemistry,
- 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 Whole genome sequencing of 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. Administration and development of the WHO Country Data Bank and WHO WHONET AMR database 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).
- Conduct relevant research in collaboration with WHO concerning the epidemiology, prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance in food animals and food of animal origin. Contribute to the development of strategies for the collection of data on antimicrobials usage and prudent use of antimicrobials in agriculture and aquaculture
- Contribute to the development of technical cooperation with and among developing countries by providing 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.
- Organize scientific meetings, educational activities (training courses) and individual and group training with regard to antimicrobial susceptibility testing, isolation, identification (serotyping) and whole genome sequencing of foodborne / enteric pathogens and commensals in close collaboration with WHO.
- Provide WHO and developing countries with Whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics reference and EQAS service
- Support WHO in consultations, meetings aimed at facilitaing discussions on the use of whole genome sequencing in public health, agreement on the use of genomic data at the global level (including global data sharing)
- Support countries to develop Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) capacity in support of national surveillance systems and facilitating knowledge transfer including the development of training curricula, E-learning, awareness of online bioinformatics tools, supporting the design and mentoring of Pilot project designs, developing bioinformatics tools to support the use of WGS within national surveillance systems
- Food safety
Types of activity:
- Collection and collation 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 22 791 1963
COUTINHO REHSE Ana Paula
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork