On the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2019 the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is today publishing its annual update on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption surveillance data from EU/EEA countries. ECDC is today also releasing the results of a survey on healthcare workers’ perceptions of antibiotics. Read more below on the new reports:

Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Europe 2018
The results presented in this report are based on antimicrobial resistance data from invasive isolates reported to the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net) by EU/EEA countries. EARS-Net is the main EU surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance in bacteria that cause serious infections. Data reported from the network serve as important indicators on the occurrence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in Europe.
Find the full report on the ECDC website.

Antimicrobial consumption – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018
The results presented in this report are based on antimicrobial consumption data from the community and hospital sector, reported to the European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption Network (ESAC-Net) by EU/EEA countries. The collected data are used to provide timely information and feedback on indicators of antimicrobial consumption. These indicators provide a basis for monitoring the progress in Europe towards prudent use of antimicrobials.
Find the full report on the ECDC website.

Survey of healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in EU/EEA
This survey is the first multi-country and multi-professional study that provides an evidence base on the knowledge and perceptions of healthcare workers across EU/EEA countries. Understanding the magnitude of some these drivers on healthcare workers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours is critical in implementing and developing interventions to preserve antibiotic effectiveness. The survey findings are a base to support strategies for policy development, education and communications campaigns targeting healthcare workers on antibiotic resistance in Europe.
Find the full survey on the ECDC website.