Antimicrobial resistance is when infections caused by microorganisms survive exposure to a drug that was supposed to kill them or stop their growth, this is a particular problem with antibiotics.
The measures agreed by the UK antimicrobial resistance strategy High Level Steering Group, taking advice from expert scientific advisory committees including the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (ARHAI), cover 4 areas:
- trends in resistance
- quality of prescribing in primary and secondary healthcare settings
- public and professional knowledge and understanding of antimicrobials and their appropriate use.
- global security through ensuring global alignment in addressing AMR
These measures apply equally to human and animal health.