Pig industry urged to embrace Antibiotic Guardian awards

The NPA is urging organisations from across the pig sector to enter awards recognising progress made in addressing the challenge of reducing and refining antibiotic use.

You can sign up to become an Antibiotic Guardian here, pledging your commitment to addressing the challenging of reducing and refining antibiotic usage.

You can now also enter the awards, which provide businesses and organisations with a chance to ‘highlight the continuous good work being carried out to support the key aims and goals of Antibiotic Guardian’.

Click here to find out more about the awards and to submit your entry

The deadline for entries is April 13 and shortlisted organisations and individuals will be announced in May. The award ceremony will take place on June 27 at the Marriot Hotel, Regents Park, in London

The online entry process is straightforward and this year a new category for Food and Agriculture has been added. Other categories may also be relevant to the pig sector, which has made big strides in recording, reducing and refining usage over the past two years.

Categories include:

Agriculture and Food: Entries should demonstrate antibiotic stewardship in the agriculture and food sector.

Diagnostic Stewardship: Entries should demonstrate effective use of diagnostics to reduce prescribing.

Prescribing and Stewardship: Entrants should demonstrate how the project has measured antimicrobial usage or improved prudent use of antimicrobials within the organisation.

Community Communications: Entry should highlight how staff or the organisation has promoted Antibiotic Guardian or stewardship within their community and should indicate the communication methods used to engage.

Public Engagement: Entries should demonstrate significant public engagement to tackle AMR – We are hoping to enter the Targets Task Force initiative

Innovation and Technology: Entry should highlight how technology has enabled the promotion of antibiotic stewardship and should be able to demonstrate actual use of technology or innovation within their project with examples.

Infection Prevention and Control: Entries should demonstrate improvements in infection prevention and control practices or interventions to tackle AMR.

Research: Entries should demonstrate how their entry has addressed a key aspect of antibiotic stewardship via a research programme or initiative.

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: “It would be great to get some really strong entries in from the pig sector in recognition of the progress that has been made and the initiatives introduced right across the industry.”

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