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Meeting of the Transatlantic Taskforce on AMR

Strengthening Partnerships in the Fight Against AMR: Meeting of the Transatlantic Taskforce on AMR, Atlanta, Georgia, 7-9 March 2018


The transatlantic antimicrobial resistance task force (TATFAR) is meeting today in Atlanta, Georgia, for a three-day meeting to discuss how to strengthen the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

The task force was created in 2009 to improve antibiotic protection (AMR). Canada and Norway joined in 2015. TATFAR has done joint work on antimicrobial resistance in the areas of human health, animal health and research and development to improve the therapeutic use of antibiotic drugs, prevent drug-resistant infections and development of strategies to improve new pharmaceutical drugs.

The meeting, hosted by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), will bring together the four members of TATFAR - EU, USA, Canada and Norway - the WHO and other partners from academia, industry and non-government.

The agenda is covered:



Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General of the Health and Food Safety DG, European Commission, to give a keynote speech, underlining the Union's commitment to adhering to international efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and to present the new EU Action Plan for health on antimicrobial resistance adopted in June 2017, which includes more than 70 actions, including a commitment to strengthen cooperation through TATFAR.

The discussions of the meeting contributed to the TATFAR work program (2018-2020).