On 14 November, the European Commission published Decision 2013/652/EU on the monitoring and reporting of antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and commensal bacteria, which will be applicable from January 1, 2014.
This Decision lays down detailed rules for the harmonised monitoring and reporting of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to be carried out by Member States.
That monitoring and reporting shall cover the following bacteria obtained from samples from certain food-producing animal populations and certain food:
(a) Salmonella spp.;
(b) Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli (C. jejuni and C. coli);
(c) Indicator commensal Escherichia coli (E. coli);
(d) Indicator commensal Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium (E. faecalis and E. faecium).
This Decision lays down specific requirements for the harmonised monitoring and reporting of the Salmonella spp., and E. coli producing the following enzymes in certain food- producing animal populations and in certain food:
(a) Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamases (ESBL);
(b) AmpC β-Lactamases (AmpC);
Thursday November 14, 2013/ OJEU/ European Union.