World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

IPC support the responsible use of AB


Today officially starts the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) 2020, 18 – 24 November.

The WAAW, promoted by the WHO, aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of AMR.

AMR and the prudent use of antibiotics are two topics on which the International Poultry Council (IPC) has always invested a lot of energy and effort to be proactive and to create awareness throughout the whole poultry supply chain.

The poultry sector has always been at the forefront in promoting a correct and responsible use of antibiotics, which remain an essential tool for guaranteeing animal health and welfare, but whose use must be prudent and rational.

For this reason, IPC in 2017 adopted the IPC Position Statement on Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Stewardship Principles and in 2019 the IPC Best Practice Guidance to reduce the need for antibiotics in poultry production, the last one with the support of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

IPC considers important on this occasion to reaffirm its support to the WAAW and to re-propose these two documents our sector is so proud of.

WAAW owes its origins to European Antibiotic Awareness Day, a European Union initiative that started in 2008, and which WHO/Europe joined in 2012, and extended to non-European Union countries. World Antibiotic Awareness Week began in 2015 and became World Antimicrobial Awareness Week in 2020.

The IPC is the global Association of the poultry industry, representing more that 88% of the total world poultry meat production and more than 95% of the total world poultry meat traded. IPC is active in many fields, including Animal Health and Welfare, Food Quality and Sustainability.

Media contact

Nicolò Cinotti, Secretary General