Antimicrobial resistance

MPI and other stakeholders are developing a national action plan to address antimicrobial resistance. Find out about the action plan and read background reports covering sales data and scientific projects conducted in New Zealand.


The problem of antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance happens when an antibiotic or other antimicrobial agent stops being effective against an unwanted microorganism. This can have serious negative impacts on animal health, welfare, and production.

What we're doing in New Zealand

As part of a global response, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and MPI jointly published a report addressing the changing pattern of antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand. The report outlines 5 key objectives, such as improving awareness and understanding of the issue as well as enhancing prevention and control measures. The report also highlights the need for better data about antibiotic consumption in New Zealand.

An action plan was finalised based on areas identified in the above report. The plan outlines activities under 5 objectives that MPI, MOH, and partners will implement to minimise antimicrobial resistance.

Antibiotic sales

MPI has a monitoring programme that tracks sales of agricultural compounds containing antibiotics used in horticulture or veterinary medicine. The sales trends for these products are monitored to ensure that the regulatory controls on antibiotics are effective and that any notable changes can be investigated.

Scientific research on antimicrobial resistance

The following project reports evaluate the occurrence of antimicrobial-resistant foodborne pathogens in New Zealand and any likely effect these pathogens may have on human morbidity and mortality.

Background policy documents

The following documents provide more background information on antimicrobial resistance.

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