Food safety

WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR)

WHO AGISAR was established in December 2008 to support WHO's effort to minimize the public health impact of antimicrobial resistance associated with the use of antimicrobials in food animals. The Group comprises over 30 internationally renowned experts in a broad range of disciplines relevant to antimicrobial resistance, appointed following a web-published call for advisers and a transparent selection process.


The 7th Meeting of the AGISAR took place on 17-20 October 2016 in Raleigh, USA. AGISAR revised the WHO critically important antimicrobials for human medicine (WHO CIA list), initiated the development of a WHO guideline on the use of antimicrobials in food producing animals, finalized the new edition of WHO AGISAR guidance document on integrated surveillance of AMR, and started to develop a global integrated surveillance protocol for ESBL-producing E.coli using a "One Health" approach.

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