Foodborne Disease Surveillance

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

Members of the AGISAR expert group in Bogota, Colombia

The WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (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. In particular, the Advisory Group will assist WHO on matters related to the integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and the containment of food-related antimicrobial resistance. The terms of reference of WHO-AGISAR are as follows:

  • Develop harmonized schemes for monitoring antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and enteric bacteria. This should include appropriate sampling.
  • Support WHO capacity-building activities in Member countries for antimicrobial resistance monitoring (AMR training modules for Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) training courses).
  • Promote information sharing on AMR.
  • Provide expert advice to WHO on containment of antimicrobial resistance with a particular focus on Human Critically Important Antimicrobials.
  • Support and advise WHO on the selection of sentinel sites and the design of pilot projects for conducting integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Support WHO capacity-building activities in Member countries for antimicrobial usage monitoring.

The WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance comprises over 20 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. WHO-AGISAR holds quarterly telephone conferences and annual face-to-face meetings.

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Call for proposals: 2012 AGISAR country projects