Understanding industry contributions to the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing in petri dish, photo by  jarun011/Adobe Stock

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What is the issue?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) — the ability of microbes to resist medications that were once effective against them — presents one of the key global public health challenges of our time. AMR affects existing medical procedures, strategies to control infectious diseases and the security and sustainability of our food systems and supply chains. The threat posed by AMR has been recognised throughout the policy landscape.

The engagement of industry is key to the realisation of an effective approach to AMR, alongside the involvement of governments, international organisations, academia, civil society and other key stakeholders. Industry is responding to this challenge, both through the activities of individual companies and with the support of industry networks and associations. For example, in 2017, the AMR Industry Alliance brought together over 100 biotechnology, diagnostic, generics and research-based biopharmaceutical companies and trade associations in the fight against AMR. The AMR Industry Alliance members’ 15 commitments sit within four key areas: research and science; appropriate use; access; and manufacturing and environment.

How are we helping?

To assess progress towards achieving these commitments, the AMR Industry Alliance conducts an annual survey of its members. RAND Europe has been commissioned to conduct the third survey round and to produce a report to capture learnings and share insights about industry contributions in the fight against antimicrobial resistance since the last reporting period.

This project is divided into two phases:

  1. In phase 1, RAND Europe will design a survey to understand and learn about industry contributions to tackling AMR. This will be done through a combination of desk research and stakeholder engagement.
  2. In phase 2, we will administer and analyse the survey, conduct interviews to produce case-vignettes and produce a report that captures, shares and reflects on the learning gained and its implications for the future.