June 15, 2012


 Ad hoc antimicrobial committee extended to 2013

Posted on May 30, 2012
Set to expire this year, the AVMA Steering Committee for FDA Policy on Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobials has been extended through 2013.

The committee was formed in 2010 by the AVMA House of Delegates to work with the Food and Drug Administration as the agency sought to clarify veterinarians’ role in overseeing the use of antimicrobials in animals.

After two productive meetings with FDA officials in 2011 and 2012 in Washington, D.C., the committee was set to sunset in 2012, unless the AVMA Executive Board saw a need for its continuation.

In its recommendation to the board, the committee wrote: “While progress has been made, the FDA has yet to take definitive action on the role of the veterinarian and veterinary oversight in antimicrobial use. The AVMA would be best served by having the VOSC remain in place and available for consultation as final regulatory documents are released and discussions with FDA continue.”

The board voted in favor of the committee’s request, which allocated $17,280 for two 2-day meetings in Washington.