Antimicrobial Resistance Workshops

Two workshops on AMR were held in Belgrade on 30 January and in Novi Sad on 1 February 2018 within the Twinning Project, aimed at improving professional capacity of the competent authorities to implement and enforce standards and regulations on zoonotic, food-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance control. Additionally, two more workshops on the same topic were held on 7 March at the Veterinary Specialist Institute of Jagodina and on 8 March at the Veterinary Specialist Institute of Niš.

The four events were attended by around 150 participants, including representatives of the Veterinary Directorate, Ministry of Health, Veterinary and Public Health Institutes, Veterinary Faculty, human physicians, pharmacists as well as representatives of the Agency for Medicines and Medicinal Devices of Serbia.

A short presentation done by the Twinning Project Team explained the objectives and results achieved so far in the scope of the project, and about the upcoming activities.

In line with the “One Health” approach, representatives of human and veterinary public health institutions presented legal and scientific backgrounds, research projects, statistics about the use of antibiotics in Serbia and the Draft National Programme for the control of Antimicrobial Resistance, developed by the common working group of both ministries. The agenda also included research projects and presentation of human cases – the problem of treating infections caused by multi-resistant agents and the concept of a multidisciplinary approach.

Ms. Catherine Dupuy from the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food spoke about misuses of antibiotics and reporting of the AMR monitoring data in accordance with EU requirements, as well as about existing guidelines for the prudent use of antibiotics.

It was concluded that networking of relevant actors and stakeholders from the professional public is crucial for the improvement of technical capacities and joint action in reducing the risk for antimicrobial resistance.

Workshop in Belgrade

Workshop in Novi Sad

Workshop in Jagodina

Workshop in Niš

Food Monitoring Workshops

The fabrication of safe and healthy food is an important challenge for food producers and opens new international markets for Serbian products.

After the development of the first Food Monitoring Program, in line with European Union requirements, the Twinning project organized the first two workshops in Novi Sad on 27 February at the Veterinary Scientific Institute and on 01 March at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade.

Training sessions continued in the summer – 17 July in Kraljevo and 18 July in Niš.

The Hungarian Twinning project experts Ms. Zsuzsanna Sréterné Lancz and Ms. Adrienn Berkics spoke about microbiological criteria set down in Community legislation, the role of the different competent authorities, sampling strategies and statistical background of planning the monitoring programs and their structure, as well as the designation of official laboratories.

Representatives of the beneficiary country, Ms. Tamara Bošković (Veterinary Directorate) and Prof Dr Neđeljko Karabasil (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) presented the new Rulebook on the Monitoring of food of animal origin and sampling methods. The final part of the workshop was dedicated to specific cases of the most important pathogens in food safety criteria within EU legislation: Listeria Monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., Campylobacter and Shigatoxin producing E. coli.

Around 50 participants attended the workshops, coming mostly from regional veterinary and public health institutes, veterinary inspections, laboratories and research institutes and the Veterinary Directorate.

Workshop in Novi Sad

Workshop in Belgrade



Workshop in Kraljevo

Workshop in Niš

Q Fever Trainings in Kraljevo and Novi Sad

The Twinning project organized two training sessions in the veterinary institutes in Kraljevo and Novi Sad on 16 and 18 January 2018, focused on harmonization of methods, analysis, interpretation of results and reporting as well as improvement of theoretical and practical knowledge on detection and characterization of zoonotic agents with emphasis on Coxiella Burnetii. The training was a follow-up of two recently conducted missions regarding Q-Fever surveillance and the development of guidelines.

The two institutes hosted short-term experts Mr. Ádám Dán and Ms. Zsuzsanna Rónai from Hungarian National Food Chain Safety Office Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate.

The trainings started with presentation, evaluation and discussion of the results of the “Q fever real-time PCR internal proficiency test” organised by the Hungarian NFCSO reference laboratory with samples prepared from three matrices by the Veterinary Specialist Institute Kraljevo, followed by giving final remarks on the whole Q fever real-time PCR detection method, from sample process to quantitative PCR results.

More than 15 participants from the Veterinary Specialist Institute in Kraljevo and the Scientific Veterinary Institute in Novi Sad took part in the training sessions.

Training in Kraljevo

Workshop in Novi Sad