Animal & Veterinary
Public Meetings On Antimicrobial Resistance To Be Held
September 16, 1999
FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will hold a series of public meetings to discuss important issues related to antimicrobial resistance (AR) in food-producing animals. Three sequential public meetings are planned for October 4, 1999, December 9 - 10, 1999, and February 22 - 23, 2000.
General Public Meeting, October 4, 1999. This meeting is intended to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give input to CVM on the appropriate issues, experts and agenda items to be included in two subsequent workshops related to AR. The Center will consider comments received at this general public meeting in the further planning of the following two scientific workshops. In addition, written comments should be identified with Docket No. 98D-0969 and submitted to the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Risk Assessment and the Establishment of Resistance Thresholds Workshop, December 9 - 10, 1999. This workshop will be held to discuss the CVM's risk assessment model to evaluate the risk to human health from resistant foodborne pathogens associated with the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. The meeting will also discuss the Center's current thinking on the use of this model to establish resistance and monitoring thresholds in food-producing animals. CVM will seek scientific input from experts at the meetings on its current thinking on these issues as well as suggestions for alternative approaches.
Pre-Approval Studies in AR, February 22 - 23, 2000. This workshop will be held to discuss the Center's current thinking on the appropriate design of pre-approval studies in food-producing animals to model the rate and extent of resistance development. CVM will seek scientific input from experts at the meetings on these issues as well as suggestions for alternative approaches.
All three public meetings will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The General Public Meeting will be held on Monday, October 4, 1999, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Risk Assessment and the Establishment of Resistance Thresholds Workshop will be held on Thursday and Friday, December 9 - 10, 1999, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public workshop on Pre-Approval Studies in AR will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22 - 23, 2000, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration is free, however registration is required. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Registration forms for the October 4 meeting will be available in the near future on CVM's Home Page. For general information regarding the meetings, please contact Lynda W. Cowatch, FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-150), 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-5281. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Sharon Thompson or Aleta Sindelar at 301-594-1798 or fax 301-594-1830. Additional information about these meetings will be included in future CVM UPDATEs and posted on CVM's website.