International Capacity Building Project: Training Module on Aquaculture Drug Use
The United States imports approximately 80% of its seafood. Each year CVM, CFSAN, and ORA receive inquiries from entities and producers from other countries asking about FDA’s position on drug use in aquaculture. This project will create an interactive, web-based educational module that FDA can use in international outreach. CVM is providing content for the module, CFSAN and ORA will be consulted in development of the content and will assist in field testing, and JIFSAN will transform the content into a web-based module and provide translation.
FAO Expert Workshop on Improving Biosecurity through Prudent and Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicine (Antimicrobials) in Aquatic Food Production
CVM, together with CFSAN, participated in the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Expert Workshop on Improving Biosecurity through Prudent and Responsible Use of Veterinary Medicine (Antimicrobials) in Aquatic Food Production in December 2009. The multinational workshop included discussion on the current use of veterinary medicines in aquaculture and alternatives to antimicrobial use. The group assembled a draft outline of technical guidelines on the prudent use of veterinary medicine in support of FAO's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF). A publication from this meeting including a manuscript of a presentation from CVM is expected.
OIE Ad Hoc Group on Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Aquatic Animals
The OIE convened an ad hoc group to develop standards to address the emergence or spread of resistant bacteria from the use of antimicrobial agents in aquatic animals. The group was tasked with drafting chapters for Section 6 of the Aquatic Animal Health Code (Veterinary Public Health) and reports to the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission.
CVM Aquaculture Methods Development Used Internationally
CVM’s OR has worked to internationally harmonize antimicrobial susceptibility testing (through the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute) and veterinary drug residue analytical methods for testing seafood for illegal drug residues in foreign products within the FDA Aquaculture Research Group. CVM has developed the following methods that have been used to harmonize antimicrobial susceptibility testing internationally: Methods for Antimicrobial Disk Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Isolated from Aquatic Animals and Methods for Broth Dilution Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Isolated from Aquatic Animals.