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International Conference on the Quantification, Benchmarking and Stewardship of Veterinary Antimicrobial Usage

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EFFORT data will be presented at the first international conference organized by the AACTING consortium,  the "Network on quantification of veterinary Antimicrobial usage at herd level and Analysis, CommunicaTion and benchmarkING to improve responsible usage" .

The conference entitled  Quantification, Benchmarking and Stewardship of Veterinary Antimicrobial Usage will take place on 27 – 28 February 2018 in Ghent.

For more information on the programme, registration and abstract submission, please visit the following link



Patrick Munk, from EFFORT Partner DTU, has issued a paper entitled " Abundance and diversity of the fecal resistome in slaughter pigs and broilers in nine European countries".

The paper is now available on bioRxiv:


EFFORT Partner, DTU is currently developing an online EFFORT training course on the use of metagenomics for AMR surveillance.

The current schedule predicts having the materials ready by the end of this year/early 2018.

In a combined learning style, participants that will use these online materials, will then be invited to attend a workshop, that EFFORT Partner SAFOSO is organizing, to be delivered in Estonia, March 2018, back to back with the SVEPM meeting.

The target group for the workshop are therefore MS competent authorities responsible for AMR surveillance, including veterinary services, food safety authorities and reference laboratories.

Interested stakeholders are already invited to save the dates of this workshop (March 19-20, 2018).

Further updates regarding the release of the online materials will be done via the project dissemination channels (newsletter, LinkedIn group and Twitter).

More to come soon!



The 10th International Conference of Predictive Modelling in Foods, taking place in Cordoba (south of Spain), in 26-29 September 2017,  will have the participation of Sofia Duarte from DTU, in representation of the EFFORT consortium. The work of WP7 will be orally presented in a session entitled “Modelling approaches using metagenomics data”, on the 29th of September, 10:00.

Location: Cordoba, Spain

Partner DTU is part of the organization of the Joint International Symposium: Global Past, Present and Future Challenges in Risk Assessment – Strengthening Consumer Health Protection, taking place in the headquarters of BfR, in Berlin, in 30 November-1 December, 2017. The EFFORT consortium has been invited to present “Antimicrobial resistance: Situation and strategies in Europe”, on the 30th November, 13:00. 

Location: Berlin, Germany

The sixth issue of the EFFORT newsletter has been released. Read or download it directly from here !

As already announced, the work of 2 PhD Students has been brought forward in this edition :

  • Marta Rozwandowicz, Utrecht University , working on the transfer of resistance mechanisms,
  • Patrick Munk, Technical University of Denmark, focusing his research on metagenomics analysis.

Both have already published results on their respective project research.


Jorge Pinto Ferreira (SAFOSO AG, CH), on behalf of the EFFORT consortium, presented the objectives and preliminary results of the WP7 modelling work (lead by DTU, DK), on May 4th2017, in Rotorua, New Zealand, during the  3rd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance (ICAHS).

The overall goal of this work is to develop models that estimate the relative importance of different food and animal transmission routes for human exposure to AMR determinants in the overall population and in those with occupational exposure. This information can later be used by risk managers, who can translate it into surveillance policies.

An initial framework was designed for the purpose of collection of relevant information from the literature. This information is to be further used to develop a comparative exposure assessment that will accommodate the EFFORT qPCR data from meat sampling, to estimate the human exposure to AMR by consumption of different foods.  



In this issue, the work of 2 PhD Students is being brought forward :

  • Marta Rozwandowicz, Utrecht University , working on the transfer of resistance mechanisms,
  • Patrick Munk, Technical University of Denmark, focusing his research on metagenomics analysis.

Both have already published results on their respective project research.

Please see our publication section:

An important factor in the transfer of resistance genes is the presence of plasmids. A plasmid is an additional piece of DNA that exists next to chromosomal DNA. Plasmids can carry many different genes that that may increase the chance of survival of bacteria, among which are resistance genes.

Recently, Marta published a paper on IncK plasmids in which she showed that this type of plasmid is not just 1 type of plasmid, as was assumed until now, but actually comprises 2 distinct types of plasmids. This is relevant for understanding the complex epidemiology of plasmids.

Please discover Marta Rozvandowicz' interview :


3 publications have been issued since the beginning of the year on the following topics:

 Short summaries of the publications can be found on the publication section of this website:

The fifth issue of the EFFORT newsletter has been released. Read or download it directly from the download section !

Watch the video of Jaap Wagenaar giving an update on the EFFORT project !

Jorge Pinto Ferreira from Safoso will be representing the EFFORT Consortium at the International Conference of Animal Health Surveillance being held from 30 April to 4 May 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand

The Commission is organising a workshop with EMA to bring together all relevant stakeholders, including Member States' competent authorities and medicines agencies, veterinarians, farmers and industry to expose the benefits of collecting data on antimicrobial consumption (sales and use per species), and to discuss the implementation at national level of schemes for collection of those data, including collection at farm level. The workshop would also provide a technical input to the Commission and EMA with a view of proposed legal provisions on the subject.

When:  Wednesday, 26th April 2017, 10.00- 17.00

Where: Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB) - Rue Froissart 36 - 1040 Etterbeek, Brussels

Location: Brussels, Belgium

The annual European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) meeting for stakeholders was organised by the European Medicines Agency to inform EU Member States, stakeholders and observers on latest activities related to collection of data of veterinary antimicrobials and on the draft guidance on provision of data on antimicrobial use by animal species and also to share information on activities for the containment of antimicrobial resistance.

Jeroen Dewulf from the Ghent Unversity  was solicited by ESVAC to report on the progress of AMU data collection in EFFORT.


Location: European Medicines Agency, London, UK

The Project Publishable Summary is now online. Please read or download it directly from the download section !

The next edition of the EFFORT newsletter will be issued in a few weeks !

This newsletter will feature the work of two EFFORT partners:  Intomics, from Denmark,  working on the metagenomics pipeline and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, from Sofia. who will explain how they have contributed to the project.


The EFFORT annual meeting was held this year in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting was extremely well attended despite the cold temperature (between -20°C and -12°C). The project partners spent 2 days in intense discussions regarding the projects progress and their preliminary data analysis results.

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

The fourth issue of the EFFORT newsletter has just been released. Read or download it directly from the download section !


In September 2016, the EFFORT consortium partners Jorge Pinto Ferreira  from SAFOSO (Switzerland) and Jeroen Dewulf  from Ghent University (Belgium) ran a workshop in Uppsala (Sweden).  This was part of the annual scientific conference and annual general meeting of the European College of Veterinary Public Health meeting, „Challenges for the world – opportunities for VPH“

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

The third issue of the EFFORT newsletter has just been released. Read or download it directly from the download section !

In conjunction with SVEPM 2016 in Elsinore, Denmark, the EFFORT project organises a workshop on AMR surveillance.

Location: Elsinore, Denmark


Several members of the EFFORT consortium have been present and talked at the IAFP’s European Symposium on Food Safety organised in Athens, on the 11-13 May. A session dedicated to "Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain" was held on Thursday 12th May 13:30-15:00

Location: Athens, Greece

A short article presenting the EFFORT project is available on the Horizon 2020 website. It's part of a series of "success stories", published by the European Commission to highlight the value of EU-funded projects to as broad an audience as possible.


Our EFFORT Partner, Rasmus Hansen from INTOMICS, organised on 30 November 2015 the Project Metagenomics Workshop.

25 EFFORT partners involved in data analysis and dissemination attended this workshop.

Location: Lyngby, Denmark

The Project Publishable Summary is now online ! Please read or download it directly from the download section !


The EFFORT consortium will meet for the 2nd Annual project meeting, on the 12-14th January 2016. The exact venue has not yet been decided, but has been tentatively set to Paris.

Location: Paris (TBC)

The EFFORT project held its 1st annual meeting in Madrid, hosted by project partner UCM (Complutense University of Madrid). The meeting was well attended, and the project partners spent 2 days in intense discussions regarding the projects progress and further directions. 

On February 5, at 08:30 Central European time/ 15:30 Beijing time (GMT+8), EFFORT and LinkTADs held a webinar intended for a South-East Asian public, about anti-microbial resistance (AMR) surveillance.


EFFORT and LinkTADs are organizing a webinar about anti-microbial resistance (AMR) surveillance.

Location: Online

The EU-funded projects EFFORT and RISKSUR have organized a webinar, dedicated to antimicrobial resistance surveillance. Speakers were Jaap Wagenaar (Utrecht University) and Jeroen Dewulf (Ghent University).  With over 40 participants attending, the session was a success.

The first issue of the EFFORT newsletter has just been released. Read or download it directly from the download section!

The EU-funded projects EFFORT and RISKSUR are organizing a webinar, dedicated to antimicrobial resistance surveillance. This webinar is the third in a series covering hot topics and best practices in animal health surveillance.

Location: Online

A new ESVAC report is available, and show an encouraging 15% decrease in sales of veterinary antibiotics in Europe. These sales data are collected annually as part of the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) project, which is a cooperation between the national authorities throughout the European Union (EU) and is coordinated by EMA.

On the 19th September 2014, the EFFORT project Coordinator officially launched the first full scale EFFORT sampling campaign. Protocols, tailored for EFFORT and tested during a small pilot study during summer, have been distributed to all partners performing sampling. They are accompanied by information sheets for the samplers and the participating farmers and study volunteers.

The EFFORT project will organize a couple of policy roundtables, with invited key stakeholders. Several questions regarding antimicrobial resistance policies will be discussed.

Before launching the full EFFORT sampling campaign, a smaller pilot study has been conducted to optimize the EFFORT sampling protocols. During late spring and early summer, a few selected farms have been visited by the EFFORT scientists. They have taken samples from the animals and the surrounding environment. In addition to the sampling, information on animal health, past antibiotic use etc. has been collected from using specially designed questionnaires. The pilot study is now finished, and valuable experience gained that will be used to fine-tune the sampling methods.

The EFFORT Policy Roundtables are organized to  disseminate the work plan and to obtain feedback and to disseminate results to policy makers.

Location: Online

-Position filled- EFFORT partner Utrecht University is looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate for the project. At Utrecht University in The Netherlands a position is available for a PhD- student who will be working on the ecology of high prevalent and emerging bacterial plasmids involved in antimicrobial resistance.

Farmers from many European countries have volunteered to participate in the EFFORT studies, offering to share their time, knowledge and animal data with our researchers. To inform all current and future study participants, the project has produced information leaflets in many European languages.

Two new EFFORT documents are now available for download: flyer and poster.

The 2014 European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 November. ESCAIDE 2014 will host presentations, seminars and workshops covering all aspects of infectious disease control and prevention; threat detection, epidemiology, microbiology, outbreak investigation and associated disciplines.

Sofia Duarte from DTU presented the EFFORT project at the Nordic One Health conference, Sweden, 19-20 of March. The conference was organized by One Health Sweden, a national intellectual platform where veterinarians, physicians, molecular biologists, ecologists and environmental chemists with an interest in zoonotic infections interact and create synergies. It involves several Swedish universities and governmental organizations.

The EFFORT kick-off meeting was held in Utrecht on the 8-9th january 2014, and gathered 20 partners from 10 European countries.

Location: Utrecht - The Netherlands

The EFFORT project will have it's first annual meeting in Madrid, Spain. Our host will be the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). The meeting is for project partners only.

Location: Madrid - Spain